Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.
The Senate added one more very important bill to its list of bipartisan accomplishments this Congress, passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Since 2015, when the legislature approved Act 187 to upgrade the computer capacity of public schools, Arkansas has moved to the head of the class in national rankings.
This week, I unveiled my plan to cut the number of cabinet-level agencies in state government from 42 to 15, a reduction of 64 percent. This initiative to make state government more efficient is one of the most important undertakings of my administration.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
A hundred folks gathered in the rotunda at the capitol this week as the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency launched “Save 8. Donate,” its campaign to encourage Arkansans to sign up as an organ donor.
An advisory committee has spent the past year studying the efficiency of how the state pays for improvements to public school facilities.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities is down slightly from last year.
From a distance, we have all watched the devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. While the destruction was far away, I am proud of the way Arkansas has helped the recovery effort.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Liberty Under Fire
Many Eudora citizens are angry over the recent installment of 24-7 police surveillance cameras throughout the city.
The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work requirements.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The leaders of the twin cities of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas, are setting aside all rivalries in order to shore up the economy on both sides of the state line.
Legislators convened a special meeting to ask tough questions of prison officials after five inmates died of suspected drug overdoses within a few days.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
The key component in the globalist bid for world government has been their transcending nation states into regional governments, ending national sovereignty, then later, these into a world government. North America must one day be a single country commonly referred to as the North American U…
The state Constitution was adopted in 1874, but since then it has been amended 98 times.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
No matter where they call home, there is one thing leaders across Arkansas share in common - wanting to help our state and its citizens. As I travel around the state, I hear many of the same issues and concerns from community leaders who are finding solutions to problems and laying the groun…
Usually, the busiest times of the year at the state Capitol are during regular or special sessions.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Experts in academic success generally agree that access to high-quality learning programs for preschool children greatly improves the potential for success in high school and beyond.
Conservative outlets are aflame with what appears to be Internet giants Facebook, Google and Twitter’s intentional move to closeout conservative viewpoints on their platforms. This is significant because the big five Internet companies collective worth is estimated to be about $4 Trillion, a…
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Governor Asa Hutchinson has completed his 2018 Agriculture Tour, a two-day road trip that took him to six southwest Arkansas counties, including Desha County, to meet with farmers and other leaders in the state’s Number 1 industry.
Every day in Arkansas more than 6,500 calls are made to 911.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Educators and traffic safety officials have expanded their annual campaign to alert motorists that students are returning to school, so everyone should be more careful driving because children are again getting on and off school buses every day.
As the summer draws to a close, students and workers alike will experience a renewed focus on the development of workforce-readiness skills with teachers and industry leaders working to create a job-ready and career-bound workforce. Arkansas is eager to continue building a strong foundation …
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Women make up the majority of the world’s poor. They are often held back by gender-specific constraints to economic empowerment, such as lack of access to financial services and credit. In many corners of the world, these barriers make it difficult for women to start businesses, build saving…
All 75 counties in the state and 375 Arkansas cities and towns have signed on to a lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors of opioids.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5.
U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation that aims to eliminate global gender-related barriers and empower female entrepreneurs around the world.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs continues passing bills to create more efficient programs to serve the needs of our veterans. Since last year, 16 of those bills have been signed into law including measures improving access to healthcare, strengthening benefits and holding Departmen…
The Arkansas lottery set a record for ticket sales in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, and will generate almost $92 million for college scholarships.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Arkansas School Safety Commission presented its initial list of recommendations to the governor.
America’s farm economy is in a much different place than it was last time Congress passed a Farm Bill. Farmers and ranchers are experiencing the most fragile farm economy since the 1980’s farm crisis.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
School officials are still hammering out the details of a new law that grants charter schools a right of access if they want to purchase facilities that are unused or under-utilized by the local school district.
Dozens of business, government, agriculture, and education leaders from across the state met with Governor Asa Hutchinson and IBM today to explore the evolving use of blockchain technology to track the distribution of food from the field to the table.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
I helped cut the ribbon on yet another Arkansas tech education school on Wednesday, this one at the South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado.
Many may not remember their basic U.S. History courses as to why the Second Amendment exists in the first place. Certainly, when enacted, there was no thought of restricting type of firearm, or where, or who could carry. So its placement as the second most valued freedom in the Bill of Rig…
Last year the average teacher salary in Arkansas was $48,304, which ranked 42nd in the country. New York teachers had the highest annual salaries.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
In the first six months of this fiscal year, the state Office of Child Support Enforcement suspended drivers’ licenses of 4,344 non-custodial parents who had fallen behind on their legal obligation to help with financial support for their children.
This was a big week at Walmart’s headquarters as entrepreneurs from around the country pitched their products at the company’s fifth Made in America event. It is an open call where new products are presented to Walmart with the goal of creating new manufacturing jobs in the United States.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Maf Sonko, who was born in Gambia, traveled many miles and lived in many places on his way to settling in Little Rock to launch his company here.
Legislators and business leaders have made it a priority to encourage more Arkansas students to graduate from college with a degree or a certificate proving that they have learned a core set of job skills.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
As many of you know, we’ve wanted to establish a work requirement in Arkansas Works for a long time. We were unable to garner support for this reform under the previous administration in Washington, but the Trump Administration is encouraging states to pursue this important innovation. As a …
Washington is working together to help our rural communities, which is good news for the forty-two percent of Arkansans who live outside our urban areas. When we work together in a bipartisan manner, we can get a lot accomplished that will help rural America, and in turn rural Arkansas, cont…
Put bluntly Democrats vastly support extermination of their unwanted preborn and Republican support is less likely. Two recent issues have forced a wider gulf on abortion than ever: science has shown a fetal heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy and many taxpayers oppose funding extermination…
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Most people ignorantly refer to our political system as a democracy although this word is not in the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, or any document given to us by our Founding Fathers. Our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag identifies our form of government as…
Every year at the end of May, leaders from rural communities around the state gather for the Rural Development Conference to attend workshops and panel discussions about issues unique to small towns. At this year’s conference, which was in Little Rock, Rural Services handed out 54 competitiv…
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The economy in our state is booming, which allows us to keep existing businesses and to attract new ones. Since December, 10 companies have announced that they are expanding their Arkansas operations or plan to open here.
We drove down a quiet country road, trees and green meadows in every direction. Mount Carmel, the famous Branch Davidian compound/church, was a sharp turn to the right. Gone was the mailbox at the entrance with Branch Davidian Church clearly written on it in big black letters where the onc…
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
May is the month for graduations, which probably makes May the month with more speeches than any other month of the year.
The Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission has approved more than $42 million in state aid to local school districts for new construction and repairs to keep schools safe, warm and dry.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Some homeless veterans may have been dealing with mental health struggles before they even transitioned to post-service life. For others, it’s brought on by a struggle to return to civilian life. The mounting anxiety and stress only gets worse with an inability to provide a home for oneself.…
With election signs everywhere it is well to note that it is unrealistic to expect national candidates to follow the Constitution when we did not insist that they did so in local and state elections. After all, many simply move up to higher office. Some may even view the Constitution as i…
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Gov. Asa Hutchinson