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Michael R. Wickline

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For project, governor seeking $87.1M bond

updated: 05/21/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he is seeking the Arkansas Legislature's approval next week for an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin compete for a federal defense contract in Camden.

Agency mergers aim for $10M in savings

posted: 05/22/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that his proposal to merge four small state agencies into three other larger agencies could save taxpayers about $10 million over five years.

Hutchinson calls session, states topics

updated: 05/21/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday night signed a proclamation calling lawmakers to a special session starting Tuesday to consider authorizing a bond issue to lure a defense contract to south Arkansas, shift the state's presidential and other primary elections from May to March and merge four agencies into other agencies.

Retiree system's return is 2.62%

posted: 05/21/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments increased in value by $149 million in the past quarter to $7.81 billion, an investment consultant told the system's board of trustees Wednesday.

Budget chief Sharp fired; agency silent

updated: 05/20/2015 3:59 a.m. Comments 3

The state's budget administrator, Brandon Sharp, was terminated Monday afternoon by state Department of Finance and Administration Director Larry Walther, Walther said Tuesday.

State hires 2 lawmakers' spouses

posted: 05/19/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The spouses of state Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Chairman Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, and state Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, will start work soon for the state Department of Health after the Legislative Council signed off on hiring them.

Hutchinson calling for special session

updated: 05/12/2015 3:39 a.m. Comments 6

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling the Arkansas Legislature back for a special session aimed at creating incentives to lure a defense contract to the state, he announced Monday.

2,585 now top $100,000

updated: 05/09/2015 8:55 p.m. Comments 2

The number of state employees who earn at least $100,000 a year increased by 119 this fiscal year to 2,585.

Panel OKs requests for LR schools audit

posted: 05/08/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Thursday signed off on requests from the state's education commissioner and the former interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District for the Division of Legislative Audit to conduct an audit of the district for the fiscal year ending June 30 and subsequent fiscal years.

State revenue forecast in '15 up, but '16 cut

updated: 05/07/2015 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration Wednesday increased the state's general-revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 by $79.3 million to $6.39 billion, but reduced the forecast for fiscal 2016 by $175.6 million to $6.33 billion.

Email policy change put on hold

posted: 05/07/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan reversed a decision to have required employees to delete email after 30 days, after receiving negative reactions from members of the press.

Huckabee again seeks presidency

updated: 05/06/2015 4:14 a.m. Comment 1

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday launched his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination by saying he wants to lead the nation to "higher ground" and stressing his blue-collar roots.

30-day policy on email gets office rethink

posted: 05/06/2015 3:32 a.m. Comments 6

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan reversed a decision that would have required employees to delete emails after 30 days, after receiving negative reactions from some members of the press.

State revenue jumps in April

posted: 05/05/2015 3:04 a.m. Comment 1

Fueled by rising individual income tax collections, Arkansas' general revenue in April surged by $56.5 million from a year ago to $801.2 million.

Teacher fund sells LR facility

posted: 05/05/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has sold the Woodland Heights retirement center in Little Rock to the Woodland Heights AL Real Estate LLC for $16.8 million, system Executive Director George Hopkins said Monday.

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