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Legislators slam brakes on lottery's $34.5M ad contract

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed five-year, $34.5 million advertising, marketing and public relations contract with CJRW is in limbo.

Tax-cut plan clears Arkansas Senate panel

posted: 01/19/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes below $21,000 sailed through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday.

Chief picked for Natural Heritage Commission

posted: 01/19/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Darrell Bowman, interim director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, has been named the director, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said Wednesday.

$800,000 added to funds for Arkansas governor

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised more than $800,000 at his first re-election campaign fundraiser Jan. 5 at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Hutchinson's chief political strategist Jon Gilmore said Tuesday.

Arkansas legislators favor parts of taxes plan, but not all

updated: 01/16/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Most members of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee say they intend to vote Wednesday for legislation on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to cut tax rates for the lowest-income Arkansans.

Arkansas House, Senate panels to take up tax-cut bills next week

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state House and Senate tax committees will consider bills next week for Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $50 million-a-year tax-rate reductions for Arkansans with less than $21,000 a year in taxable income, legislative leaders said Thursday, a day after the legislation was filed.

State lottery revenue falls in December

posted: 01/12/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's total revenue dropped in December compared with a year ago, and the amount raised for college scholarships was the lowest ever reported for the month, thanks to prize payouts.

Senator to vets: Push for tax exemption

updated: 01/12/2017 3:34 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Sulphur Springs on Wednesday urged veterans across Arkansas to call their lawmakers in support of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to exempt military retirement benefits from state income taxes.

On taxes, Arkansas governor calls for wider look

posted: 01/11/2017 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

With state lawmakers split about how deeply to cut taxes, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday called on them to support the creation of a blue-ribbon legislative task force to recommend a comprehensive plan to reduce Arkansas' individual income tax rates.

Audit: Lottery contract skewed

posted: 01/11/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The terms of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's contract with consultant Camelot Global Services "are not as advantageous to the state as they are for Camelot," given the lottery's mandate under state law to maximize net proceeds for college scholarships, legislative auditors have concluded.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/11/2017 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Vines takes post as House legal counsel

91st General Assembly opens; leaders call for civility, teamwork in taking up key issues

posted: 01/10/2017 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

The first day of the 91st General Assembly on Monday saw leaders urging lawmakers to be civil as they consider issues such as tax cuts and the future of Arkansas' Medicaid expansion.

Taxes, marijuana on agenda when Arkansas legislators clock in

updated: 01/09/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas' 91st General Assembly will grapple with how deeply to cut taxes, how much to change a constitutional amendment that allows the medical use of marijuana and whether to enact further restrictions on abortion. The Legislature's regular session starts Monday.

Speaker bolsters House security

posted: 01/08/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

People who want to watch the Arkansas House of Representatives’ proceedings from the galleries will have to pass through metal detectors starting Monday, the first day of the 91st General Assembly’s regular session.

Speaker bolsters House security

posted: 01/07/2017 2:31 a.m. Discuss

People who want to watch the Arkansas House of Representatives' proceedings from the galleries will have to pass through metal detectors starting Monday, the first day of the 91st General Assembly's regular session.

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