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Recent Stories by Michael R. Wickline

Would refuse 2% raise, Griffin, Martin declare; they’re alone among 7 top officers

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Secretary of State Mark Martin are the only two of the state's seven constitutional officers saying they'll decline to accept a 2 percent pay raise if a state commission that sets salaries of state elected officials grants the increase.

Law firm hired by state unit; federal inquiry prompted move

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Bureau of Legislative Research has hired the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard to represent the bureau in connection with a federal investigation and to help it deal with requests for state lawmakers' records.

Legislator urges caution on tax code, exemptions

posted: 06/22/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers need to be careful in their discussions about overhauling Arkansas' tax code because talk about axing certain exceptions -- such as Texarkana's state income-tax exemption -- could have negative economic repercussions, Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, told fellow lawmakers Wednesday.

Pay panel floats 2% raises for all Arkansas elected officials

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The commission that sets the salaries of elected state officials on Tuesday proposed granting 2 percent pay increases to all of them.

Governor's aide changes post

posted: 06/21/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's former legislative affairs director, Rett Hatcher, will start work today as the deputy director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, system Director George Hopkins said Tuesday.

Governor allots funds for 3 private colleges

updated: 06/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to distribute $150,000 out of an emergency fund to three private historically black colleges to provide grants to assist their students.

Treasurer gains support for plan to pay legal fees

posted: 06/16/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday cleared the way for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s plan to shift $185,000 within his office’s budget to cover current and anticipated legal fees.

Tourism agency’s ad pact clears panel

posted: 06/16/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Parks and Tourism’s proposed advertising, marketing and website contract with the Little Rock advertising firm CJRW for $15.2 million a year sailed through a legislative subcommittee Wednesday.

Arkansas treasurer gains support for plan to pay legal fees

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Wednesday cleared the way for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's plan to shift $185,000 within his office's budget to cover current and anticipated legal fees.

Arkansas panel backs requests for rainy-day funds

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposals to provide $6.4 million in rainy-day funds to several agencies, ranging from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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