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Hutchinson's office to lose chief of staff

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff, Michael Lamoureux, is departing the governor's office at the end of this month for the private sector, Lamoureux said Monday.

Lawmakers see $5.3B budget, get set for votes

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state's general revenue budget would increase by $142.7 million to $5.33 billion in fiscal 2017 under a proposal agreed upon by legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Budget, then can go home, legislators say

updated: 05/01/2016 4:31 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas legislative leaders hope to pass a fiscal 2017 general-revenue budget and wrap up action in the state's fourth-ever fiscal session by the end of this week.

2 offer views on health coverage

updated: 05/01/2016 3:39 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Saturday that he favors creating a federal block-grant program for states to help provide health insurance for low-income people, if the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 is repealed.

Library, elderly funding restored

posted: 04/30/2016 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers.

Panel defeats Capitol-zoning appeal proposal

posted: 04/29/2016 2:14 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday balked at Sen. Jeremy Hutchison's proposal to allow people to appeal any rule, regulation, decision or order of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Bid to add strings to poor's aid stumbles

updated: 04/29/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

A proposal that would require the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to restrict the use of financial assistance paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients failed to clear the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday.

Bill to aid politics' gift filing advances

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill authorizing the secretary of state's office to spend up to $750,000 to improve its online system for campaign-finance reporting in the fiscal year starting July 1.

New execs for DHS get assent

updated: 04/28/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday authorized the drafting of a proposal to create two new administrative positions at the state Department of Human Services.

Capitol zoning measure advances

updated: 04/28/2016 3:43 a.m. Discuss

The Capitol Zoning District Commission would be abolished and its powers, duties, property and funds transferred to the Department of Arkansas Heritage under a proposal that advanced Wednesday through the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee's Special Language Subcommittee.

Motion to override governor on Medicaid line item fizzles

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate on Tuesday declined to consider overriding Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto of legislation that would have ended Arkansas' version of the Medicaid expansion on Dec. 31.

Senator: Capitol zoning superfluous

updated: 04/27/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, said Tuesday that he's exploring the option of phasing out funding for the state Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock.

Pay raise for DHS chief clears Senate

updated: 04/27/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase the annual salary of the state Department of Human Services director from $162,647 to $280,000 for the rest of the fiscal year ending June 30.

Agency can tap $70M of Arkansas teachers retirement fund

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System have authorized the system to provide a revolving line-of-credit loan of up to $50 million to the Arkansas Institutional Fund LLC, which invests in venture capital funds in the state and is backed by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

Top man in Senate keeps job

posted: 04/26/2016 3:10 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus will support Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, to continue in the leadership post from 2017-2019, Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Sulphur Springs said Monday.

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