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Michael R. Wickline

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House chief of staff retiring this month

posted: 12/06/2016 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The state House of Representatives' chief of staff, Robert Dale, is retiring at the end of December, Dale said last week.

Revenue for state $4.3M off forecast

updated: 12/03/2016 3:20 a.m. Discuss

State general revenue collected in November dipped by $14.5 million from the same month a year ago, to $448.5 million, and fell short of the state's forecast by $4.3 million, according to a report released Friday.

Audit questions travel costs of Arkansas labor director; his resignation raised by 2 legislators

posted: 12/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The director of the Arkansas Department of Labor traveled five times out of state between January 2015 and Sept. 1, 2016, without any beforehand approval at a cost of $5,918, and some expenses were questionable or unrelated to his job, a state legislative auditor told lawmakers Thursday.

House chief of staff says he will retire this month

posted: 12/02/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

The state House of Representatives’ chief of staff, Robert Dale, is retiring at the end of December, Dale said Tuesday.

State's voter turnout typical, despite early surge

posted: 11/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Of Arkansas' nearly 1.76 million registered voters, 64.65 percent cast ballots in the Nov. 8. general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin's office.

Governor balks at Trump chill on Cuba

updated: 11/29/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he hopes President-elect Donald Trump doesn't return the United States to rigid trade restrictions with Cuba.

State receives $3.2M in grants from Delta Regional Authority

posted: 11/29/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

The Delta Regional Authority awarded $3.2 million in grants to assist projects totaling nearly $26 million in public and private funding, federal and state officials said Monday.

Panel backs dividing up money to push intermodal transport

posted: 11/27/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature should provide $525,000 a year to the state’s seven regional intermodal transportation authorities, a legislative task force recommended this week.

Revamp of House panels too late for '17

posted: 11/26/2016 4:08 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas House of Representatives is reviewing its rules for selecting committee members with an eye toward making changes beyond the 2017 regular session, says House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia.

Panel backs dividing up $525,000 to push intermodal transport

posted: 11/26/2016 1:04 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature should provide $525,000 a year to the state's seven regional intermodal transportation authorities, a legislative task force recommended this week.

Panel backs dividing up $525,000 to push intermodal transport

posted: 11/25/2016 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature should provide $525,000 a year to the state's seven regional intermodal transportation authorities, a legislative task force recommended this week.

Ballot offering would ax off-year fiscal sessions

posted: 11/21/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Siloam Springs on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Legislature's fiscal session held every two years and only began in 2010.

Private firms OK'd to tend state DHS finances

posted: 11/19/2016 3:44 a.m. Comments 2

The Legislative Council signed off Friday on the state Department of Human Services' proposed contracts for nearly $680,000 with companies in Mississippi and Chicago to provide financial staff and consulting services after last week's death of the department's chief financial officer.

Senator's spouse gets state boost

posted: 11/19/2016 3:42 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday cleared the way for the state Department of Health to shift Dr. James Bledsoe -- the husband of Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Chairman Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers -- from working half time to full time and to boost his annual salary from $85,849 to $171,698 a year.

Ballot offering would ax even-year fiscal sessions

posted: 11/18/2016 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Siloam Springs on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Legislature's fiscal sessions that are held every two years and that began in 2010.

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