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Michael R. Wickline

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Arkansas tax-redo body has first talks

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Jim Hendren advised members of a new tax overhaul task force Monday to steer clear of making commitments to protect specific tax exemptions or promising changes in tax policy before the group considers the merits of any proposals.

Director of Arkansas drug agency to resign

posted: 05/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Drug Director Denny Altes has resigned effective June 30 from the $73,865-a-year state job, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday.

Lawmaker, school official plan to seek Arkansas secretary of state post

posted: 05/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Trevor Drown, R-Dover, has said he's running for secretary of state next year, after House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, ruled out a bid for the post.

AG directs $2.5M to division of UA

updated: 05/21/2017 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Like many agencies, the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture Research & Extension asked for more state general revenue funds for the next fiscal year than it was scheduled to receive, but the answer was no.

Pact for stadium study clears legislative panel

posted: 05/19/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel signed off Wednesday on the state Department of Parks and Tourism’s proposed $160,000 contract with a Texas-based company for a feasibility study on the future of War Memorial Stadium.

Pact for War Memorial Stadium study clears legislative panel

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel signed off Wednesday on the state Department of Parks and Tourism's proposed $160,000 contract with a Texas-based company to conduct a feasibility study on the future of War Memorial Stadium.

9 state workers to be laid off

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin plans to lay off nine employees on the night maintenance staff, effective June 30, and contract with 21st Century Janitorial Service Inc. of Little Rock to perform these duties in the state Capitol in the fiscal year starting July 1, a spokesman for Martin's office said this week.

Investment value grows by $285M for state pensions

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments increased in value by $285 million to $8.09 billion during the last quarter, based largely on its domestic and international stock market holdings, the system's trustees learned Wednesday.

Arkansas justices seeking 11% raise; smaller rise asked for other judges

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

The Arkansas Supreme Court wants the commission that sets the pay of elected state officials to boost the annual salaries of the chief justice to $199,800 and the six justices to $184,815, an 11 percent increase, Chief Justice Dan Kemp told the commission on Tuesday.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to pursue second term

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday -- four months after his first campaign fundraiser -- that he plans to seek re-election next year and said he wants to continue cutting state income taxes and creating jobs in a second four-year term.

Arkansas teacher system quietly tweaked

posted: 05/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

With little fanfare, the Arkansas General Assembly this year granted the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System more flexibility to raise money and cut costs in the case of an economic downturn.

Arkansas lottery's revenue edges up in April

posted: 05/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds in April inched up over year-ago figures, according to the lottery's reports.

War Memorial Stadium upgrade grant set at $1.1M

posted: 05/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A state council on Wednesday awarded $1.1 million in a conservation and historic preservation grant to the War Memorial Stadium Commission for an upgrade.

State treasury official lacks degree, quits

posted: 05/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

An employee in state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's investment department resigned Tuesday after the state Board of Finance blocked Milligan's plans to reclassify the employee as a senior investment manager.

16 lawmakers named to task force on state's tax code

posted: 05/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Legislative leaders on Monday announced their appointments to a 16-member task force charged with making recommendations to overhaul the state's tax code for the General Assembly to consider in the 2019 regular session.

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