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Hutchinson to pay homestead penalty tab

posted: 07/30/2014 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday night that he'll give Pulaski County $1,750 for improperly claiming homestead tax credits there, even though the statute of limitations has expired.

Official: Should've penalized Hutchinson

posted: 07/29/2014 3:44 a.m. Comments 11

The chief assessment administrator in the Pulaski County assessor's office said Monday that he should have levied a $1,050 penalty against Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson in 2012 for improperly claiming two homestead property tax credits; state law allows people to receive the credit on only one home.

Retirement group OKs $50 million investment

posted: 07/29/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will invest up to $50 million in an infrastructure fund managed by New York-based Kolhberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the system's trustees decided Monday. The fund could invest in projects such as alternative energy generation, parking garages or tunnel projects.

GOP nominee got 2 home tax credits

posted: 07/27/2014 5:29 a.m. Comments 8

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson took a homestead property tax credit that he wasn't entitled to in Pulaski County, repaying some of the money shortly before he said he intended to run for governor.

21 get grants to fight drug abuse

posted: 07/25/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee has signed off on $315,000 in state grants to 21 groups to combat substance abuse among youths after learning that $105,000 of the grant money would go to a Little Rock advertising and public relations firm for advertising.

State Republicans adopt '14 platform

posted: 07/20/2014 2:55 a.m. Comments 2

HOT SPRINGS -- With Republicans seeking control of all six of the state's seats in the U.S. Congress and the state's seven constitutional offices in the November general election, Republicans vying for the state's top offices told their party's state convention delegates Saturday that they want to cut taxes, reduce regulation and hold President Barack Obama's administration accountable.

Reed resigns Capitol position

posted: 07/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin's internal communications manager, Alex Reed, has stepped down, nearly three months after he resigned from the Pulaski County Election Commission and was removed as campaign treasurer for Republican congressional candidate Ann Clemmer.

Ethics Commission to seek staff funds

posted: 07/19/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will ask for funds to add three employees to its nine-member staff starting in July 2015, the beginning of a new fiscal year, the commission's director said Friday.

$1.6 million to add scholarships

posted: 07/18/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Higher Education expects to use $1.6 million of the state's rainy-day funds to provide about 160 more Governor's Distinguished Scholarships this year than the 300 or so it usually funds each year, the department's director told lawmakers Thursday.

Lottery weighs moving center in Springdale

posted: 07/17/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is considering relocating its Springdale claims center and will soon weigh whether to renew the leases for its claims centers in Camden and Jonesboro.

For 2nd year, lottery shows revenue drop

posted: 07/16/2014 4:40 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue dipped in fiscal 2014 by $29.5 million from fiscal 2013 to $410.6 million as the amount raised for college scholarships slipped by $8.9 million to $81.4 million.

Ross unveils plan for crime reduction

posted: 07/16/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Tuesday that he wants tougher sentences for repeat and violent offenders, additional hiring of probation and parole officers and increased spending to combat child abuse and domestic violence.

Lottery's oversight too loose, some say

posted: 07/06/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Now that the Legislature has passed a bill imposing a temporary ban on the Arkansas lottery offering electronic monitor games, some lawmakers say they want to explore whether to restructure the lottery and make it part of a state agency that works for the governor.

Lottery's chief gets 2% bonus

posted: 07/04/2014 2:29 a.m. Comments 2

The director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Bishop Woosley, has received a 2 percent merit bonus.

State rolls up surplus of $78 million for year

posted: 07/03/2014 5:04 a.m. Comments 3

The state government accumulated a $78.7 million general-revenue surplus in fiscal 2014, which ended Monday.

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