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Arkansas governor asked to call extra session on 2 topics

posted: 02/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas' House and Senate leaders on Friday asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to call a special legislative session to take place after the ongoing fiscal session adjourns to consider bills on regulating pharmacy benefit managers and amending the law on open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles.

Panel OKs Arkansas Game and Fish's request to increase maximum-authorized salary of director

updated: 02/16/2018 11:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative subcommittee on Thursday endorsed the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's request to increase the maximum-authorized salary of its director from $132,729 to $152,638 next fiscal year, although there are no immediate plans to give him a raise.

Hutchinson leading gubernatorial foes in latest finance reports

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised about $292,000 in contributions last month for his re-election campaign, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson raised about $65,000, they reported on Thursday.

Arkansas panel advances proposal to add parole officers

posted: 02/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A proposal that would add 30 positions to the state Department of Community Correction in the coming fiscal year cleared a legislative panel Thursday over the objections of the state's budget director.

Little Rock Democrat now pursues state's No. 2 job

posted: 02/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Anthony Bland of Little Rock announced Wednesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor this year instead of secretary of state, as he had announced last May.

Tax menu open, Arkansas task force leaders say

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut the state's top individual income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6 percent won't necessarily be the centerpiece of the Legislature's tax-overhaul task force recommendations later this year, Sen. Jim Hendren, a co-chairman, said Tuesday.

Primary vote for Files' seat set for May 22; current, former lawmakers say they’re in Senate race

posted: 02/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday set a special primary election on May 22 for the seat once held by Sen. Jake Files, followed by the special election on Aug. 14.

Arkansas governor issues tax-cut call as fiscal session kicks off; ’19 goal in mind

posted: 02/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday told lawmakers that in the 2019 regular session, he wants to cut the state's top income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6 percent, which would reduce revenue by about $180 million.

Big January jackpots boost Arkansas lottery's revenue

posted: 02/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Large Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots in January fueled a $7 million increase over the same month last year in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue, to $44 million.

Medicaid expansion high on Arkansas' fiscal session to-do list

posted: 02/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Ahead of Arkansas' fiscal legislative session that starts Monday, supporters of the state's version of Medicaid expansion have been urging Senate critics of the controversial program to vote to fund it once lawmakers convene.

Ex-archivist cited 'intolerable' climate at state agency

posted: 02/10/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

When state archives Director Lisa Speer tendered her resignation earlier this week, she told the Department of Arkansas Heritage's top two officials in her letter that she found the work climate "intolerable."

State archives director resigns; unhappiness with job cited

posted: 02/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Lisa Speer resigned as director of the state archives at the end of the workday Tuesday, effective immediately, 19 months after the agency was absorbed by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, a department spokesman said Wednesday.

State treasury's haul in quarter up $7.2M

posted: 02/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state treasury's interest earnings on its investments increased last quarter by $7.2 million from the same period a year ago, reaching $17 million, Treasurer Dennis Milligan told the state Board of Finance on Tuesday.

State lawmaker, 37, announces try to unseat Hill; Clarke is third Democrat pursuing U.S. House slot

posted: 02/06/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

State Rep. Clarke Tucker of Little Rock said Monday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat and wants to work in Congress on making health care more affordable and accessible.

Three vie for nomination in state Senate race

posted: 02/05/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

The state's Medicaid expansion program and a proposed constitutional amendment to limit damages in certain lawsuits are dividing three Russellville Republican candidates vying for a vacant state Senate seat.

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