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Michael Wickline

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Out of gate, lottery idea a bust for 12

posted: 04/16/2014 5:17 a.m. Comments 2

In an unprecedented move, the Legislature’s lottery oversight committee on Tuesday declared its opposition to the Arkansas Lottery Commission implementing electronic-monitor games, after several lawmakers questioned the merits of the games.

Fund to study retirement center

posted: 04/15/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

The trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System on Monday directed their executive director to study the possibility of either leasing out the Woodland Heights retirement center in Little Rock to a contractor or selling it.

Private-option law focus in GOP race

posted: 04/13/2014 4:39 a.m. Comments 2

State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who voted for Medicaid expansion in 2013 and then voted against it this year, will have to defeat a foe of the expansion in the May 20 primary to return to the Legislature in 2015.

2 vexed at Texarkana’s failure to fix audit findings

posted: 04/12/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Two state lawmakers from Texarkana said they’re frustrated that the city’s officials haven’t yet fixed problems identified by auditors after a probe of financial incentives from the city to a developer of a new hotel-convention center and water park.

Lobbyist hopefuls cut to 3

posted: 04/10/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

A search committee at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has winnowed the field of 42 applicants for its vice chancellor for governmental relations job to three finalists — the Republican chairman of the state Senate Education Committee, the state director for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, and a former aide to former Democratic U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

One ‘no’ means no appointment

posted: 04/06/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

Last fall, Gov. Mike Beebe planned to appoint a Searcy County Quorum Court member to the state’s Towing and Recovery board.

Bookout is fined $4,000 for 2010 ethics violations

posted: 04/05/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Paul Bookout has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to the Arkansas Ethics Commission for four violations of state ethics laws during the 2010 election in a settlement of a complaint filed by conservative blogger and accountant Jason Tolbert of Benton.

Beebe picks ex-legislator for Parole Board seat

posted: 04/04/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday that he has chosen former state Rep. Dennis Young of Texarkana for the state’s Parole Board.

Tax revenue in state tops forecast 5.8%

posted: 04/03/2014 5:19 a.m. Comments 2

Rising individual income-tax and sales-tax collections boosted state general revenue in March by $35.1 million over collections a year ago to $546.4 million.

Ross pitches plan for pre-k program

posted: 04/03/2014 4:53 a.m. Comments 2

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Wednesday that he wants to phase in an expansion of the state’s pre-kindergarten program that would cost the state about $37 million more a year after it’s fully implemented within 10 years.

Burkhalter: Had no hand in firm’s lien

posted: 04/02/2014 5:15 a.m. Discuss

The Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien in November 2012 for more than $80,000 against a company headed by Democratic lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter, one month before Burkhalter dissolved the company.

162 more surpass $100,000 state pay

posted: 03/30/2014 4:49 a.m. Comments 3

The number of state employees making at least $100,000 increased this fiscal year by 162 to 2,466.

Tax cuts top schools, GOP’s Coleman says

posted: 03/27/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman on Wednesday proposed what he estimated to be about $2.4 billion in tax cuts over an eight-year period, saying he wants tax cuts to replace public schools as the state’s top budget priority.

Senator sinks Parole Board appointment

posted: 03/26/2014 4:51 a.m. Comments 14

State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, has objected to Gov. Mike Beebe appointing former state Rep. Linda Tyler, D-Conway, to the state Parole Board, so the governor is considering other candidates for the appointment, a spokesman for Beebe said Tuesday.

Gillam aims to avoid private-option fight

posted: 03/22/2014 5:31 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, said Friday that he’s hoping for less “drama” in the House of Representatives in the 2015 regular session than in the past two sessions about authorizing the use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.

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