posted: 03/09/2014 5 a.m.
More Republicans than Democrats filed for state and federal offices this year, and officials for the parties disagree on what it portends for the Nov. 4 general election.
posted: 03/08/2014 3:05 a.m.
Bills that would boost the state’s general-revenue budget by $109 million, to $5 billion, sailed through the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Friday with nary a question.
posted: 03/08/2014 3:02 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe signed a law Friday reauthorizing the state’s use of federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans, three days after the measure was sent to his office.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:17 a.m.
A package of bills spending $21.9 million of the state’s $126 million surplus on several projects cleared the Legislative Joint Budget Committee on Thursday.
posted: 03/07/2014 2:37 a.m.
The Legislative Joint Budget Committee on Thursday endorsed an appropriation measure for the state Board of Examiners in Counseling that wouldn’t eliminate the board’s executive director or place the board under the state Department of Health.
posted: 03/06/2014 5:02 a.m.
Legislative leaders haggled Wednesday over how much of the state’s surplus funds to spend in this year’s fiscal session and how much to squirrel away in a hidy hole for future needs that could arise in next year’s regular session.
posted: 03/06/2014 5:01 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe called the state Highway and Transportation Department’s efforts in clearing ice off Interstates 40 and 55 during Sunday’s winter storm “not acceptable,” and said through his spokesman later Wednesday that highway commissioners will meet next week to discuss what went wrong.
posted: 03/06/2014 4:51 a.m.
A measure exempting sand used in oil and gas wells from the state’s sales tax cleared the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday — a day after the measure failed to escape the committee — over the objections of state officials.
posted: 03/05/2014 5:18 a.m.
The House of Representatives approved funding Tuesday for the state’s private-option program after rejecting the measure in four consecutive votes last month.
posted: 03/05/2014 5:08 a.m.
A proposal to exempt sand used for oil and gas wells from the state’s sales tax failed to clear the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.
posted: 03/05/2014 5 a.m.
Fueled by rising individual income-tax collections, state general revenue in February increased by $16 million from a year ago to $427.3 million.
posted: 03/04/2014 3:04 a.m.
On the final day for filing for state and federal offices, lawyer Patricia Nation of Jacksonville became the third Republican vying for attorney general, and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds o f Conway joined two other Republicans in seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat.
posted: 03/01/2014 2:51 a.m.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor filed Friday to seek re-election to a third six-year term while Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson filed as a Democrat hoping to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford.
posted: 03/01/2014 2:31 a.m.
State Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, said Friday he will not seek re-election.
posted: 02/28/2014 2:41 a.m.
Businessman John Burkhalter of Little Rock on Thursday filed to run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat while Republican attorney Leslie Rutledge of Little Rock and Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville filed to run for attorney general.