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Senator loses bid to recall tax bill

updated: 01/26/2015 11:01 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Monday rejected an attempt to recall from the state House of Representatives a bill approved by the Senate on Thursday that would cut income tax rates for Arkansans with annual taxable incomes between $21,000 and $75,000 and repeal capital-gains income tax cuts approved in 2013.

Budget, tax cut on tap for legislators this week

posted: 01/26/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers are to get details on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget Tuesday, and a House committee is to consider Hutchinson’s proposed $100 million income tax cut Thursday, during the third week of work for the 90th Arkansas General Assembly.

State Senate adopts income-tax-cut bill

posted: 01/23/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday handily approved legislation trimming income-tax rates for people with taxable incomes between $21,000 and $75,000 and repealing capital-gains tax cuts enacted in 2013.

Private-option plan appeases many

updated: 01/22/2015 11:29 p.m. Comment 1

Two of the legislative architects of the private option said Gov. Asa Hutchinson's health care speech Thursday helped the chances of the private-option program being reauthorized by lawmakers.

Income-tax rates cut moves to full Senate

posted: 01/22/2015 4:55 a.m. Comment 1

A bill cutting state income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes of between $21,000 and $75,000 sailed Wednesday through an Arkansas Senate committee.

Budget waits; governor prioritizes private option

posted: 01/21/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he'll be able to pay for his proposed $100 million income-tax cut because other state tax revenue will increase, budgets for certain state agencies will be cut and one-time surplus funds will be tapped under his proposed budget for fiscal 2016.

Griffin joins consulting firm

updated: 01/19/2015 10 p.m. Comments 15

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Monday that he's joined an Alexandria, Va.-based communications firm called Purple Strategies as an Arkansas-based senior adviser for communications and growth strategies for business clients.

Tax cut, private option on agenda

updated: 01/18/2015 9:59 p.m. Comments 7

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $100 million income tax cut and his speech Thursday on health care policy, including the private option, stand to dominate this week's work in the General Assembly.

Draw-game sales a drag on lottery

updated: 01/17/2015 10:14 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sold more scratch-off tickets but fewer draw-game tickets, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, during the first six months of fiscal 2015 compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year.

Senator: Health options available

posted: 01/17/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

State Senate Republican Leader Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, said Friday that his meetings with federal officials in Washington on Friday about possible waivers for taxpayer-funded health insurance, including the private option, were "productive."

Senator: Health options available

posted: 01/17/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

State Senate Republican Leader Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, said Friday his meetings with federal officials in Washington on Friday about possible waivers for taxpayer-funded health insurance, including the private option, were "productive."

Insurance queries take Hutchinson, 4 to D.C.

updated: 01/16/2015 2:40 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to meet this morning in Washington with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss possible changes in federally funded health-care programs, including the state's private option, Hutchinson said Thursday.

Hutchinson talks up tax cut; legislators get wheels rolling

updated: 01/15/2015 10:36 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson pitched his $100 million income-tax-cut plan to several hundred city officials Thursday, saying it would improve the economy in the state, and he promised to release his proposed fiscal 2016 budget next week.

State tax-cut measure moves to front burner

updated: 01/15/2015 4:21 a.m. Comments 11

Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, on Wednesday unveiled details of his bill to enact Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $100 million income tax cut.

Minimum qualifications cut for 4 jobs in treasurer's office

updated: 01/15/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

The state Board of Finance on Wednesday cut the minimum qualifications for four top-ranking positions in the state treasurer's office.

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