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State Capitol Bureau Chief

Recent Stories by Seth Blomeley

Officials waving off state cars

posted: 02/27/2011 5:03 a.m. Comments 7

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who once defended her right to drive a tax-free state-funded vehicle for personal use, no longer drives a state car. “She’s waiting on the court rulings,” said Shoffner’s chief deputy, Karla Shepard. Two lawsuits are pending in Pulaski County Circuit Court regarding the use of state vehicles by elected officials and state employees.

Senate panel rejects bill on eatery-tax vote

posted: 02/25/2011 4:34 a.m. Discuss

A bid to require elections for municipal voters to approve hotel and restaurant taxes failed in a Senate committee Wednesday.

Elliott faults agency, data on minority-group pacts

posted: 02/24/2011 6:42 a.m. Comments 2

A state senator told the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday that she’s bothered that the Department of Finance and Administration hasn’t kept tabs on contracts awarded to members of minority groups.

State burden in pay quirk: $23.5 million

posted: 02/24/2011 6:39 a.m. Comment 1

The Legislature must come up with $23.5 million to pay state employees’ a 27th pay period next year — up from the usual 26 — the state Department of Finance and Administration revealed in a request to legislators Wednesday.

3 tax cuts clear state’s Senate

posted: 02/23/2011 4:55 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved three tax cut bills that would reduce state revenue by about $34 million a year.

3 tax cuts clear Senate committee

posted: 02/22/2011 6:09 a.m. Comments 5

Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposal to further cut the sales tax on groceries took its first step in the Legislature on Monday when it cleared the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Beebe’s use of emergency fund called ‘measured’

posted: 02/20/2011 4:06 a.m. Discuss

When nearly 10,000 “Rainbow Family” members flocked to Arkansas in 2007, it was natural that some of them would get sick or hurt hanging out in the Ozark National Forest.

Legislators looking at tax increases for highways

posted: 02/18/2011 4:58 a.m. Comment 1

House Speaker Robert S. Moore Jr. announced Thursday that a highway improvement plan calls for tax increases in two separate packages.

House backs tax cuts, goes against Beebe

posted: 02/17/2011 5:25 a.m. Comments 5

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed three tax-cut bills Wednesday, and the Senate approved ethics legislation for legislators.

Tax-cut bills clear panel

posted: 02/16/2011 4:33 a.m. Comment 1

A state legislative committee recommended three tax-cut bills Tuesday that the state estimates would lower its revenue $50 million a year, with supporters saying the legislation will create jobs in Arkansas.

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