Today, as you have just enjoy the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence, I’d like to note a few other reasons that July 4 is significant in Arkansas.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Today I’d like to talk about steps we took this week to deal with the damage from recent flooding. We also want to do all we can to minimize destruction from future floods.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Summer is officially here! As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I want to encourage you to enjoy yourselves, but also be sure to make it a safe, relaxing holiday.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The past few weeks have been difficult, but our community remains resilient and strong.
Today I am in the Czech Republic as I conclude a week of work in Europe selling Arkansas to international companies looking to expand in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
This week Arkansas hosted the first-ever National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders at the Governor’s Mansion, and I’d like to share a bit about our event.
As we enter another week of experiencing the major flooding in District 11, I ask you to join me in continued positive sentiment, prayers, and actions to help our friends and neighbors affected by the disaster. It is my sincere desire to communicate efforts being made on many levels to bring…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It all started with a song. We don’t know when, we don’t know how, but somewhere in the vast history of mankind someone opened his or her mouth and out came a sound no one had ever heard before.
I have written to President Trump to request that he declare the Flood of 2019 a major disaster and provide the federal assistance that we will need to get back on our feet. My letter outlines the extensive destruction and loss along the Arkansas River and its tributaries from the Oklahoma b…
The assembly has wrapped but your legislators are still hard at work making sure our goals for this session are met. This past week I returned to the capitol for two separate committees I serve.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Today I want to talk about the Arkansas River as its water levels continue to rise and threaten thousands of people who live and work along its banks. This is a river flood unlike any we have ever seen.
Each week, I am delighted to share with you the opportunities I have had to spend time getting to know the constituents in the community. This week, I attended two such events. One was local, and the other was on the state level.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I’d like to talk about the National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders that we are hosting in Little Rock in a couple of weeks. This is the first summit of its type in the nation. We have invited leaders in the field to discuss a range of topics, including academic standards, teacher …
This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Arkansas State Police (ASP) Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. It was hosted by the Arkansas State Police Foundation. I was simply humbled by, not only the presence of almost 1,000 or more attendees, but the acts of valor and mer…
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
This week, I released the details of the Arkansas State Broadband Plan. This is the plan that will expand high-speed broadband internet to the rural areas of Arkansas.
I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks attending some of the most fun and informative events around southeast Arkansas. This is the best part of serving, meeting and visiting with you, the constituents.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Last week I talked about strategic legislation and promised to share more this week. One area of strategic legislation is working to grow our economy.
As most people know, computer science education has been one of my top priorities since I ran for governor in 2014.
Thursday, May 02, 2019
On Wednesday last week, the 92nd Assembly wrapped our final meeting “Sine Die.” Meaning, we will have to be recalled as a body, if needed, or will resume regular session at the normal time.
Now that I’ve been in office for more than four years, you may have noticed that one of my favorite topics is “economic development.” As we close out April of this year, I’d like to note that this has been a banner month for job creation in Arkansas.
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Now that I have signed the last bill of the 92nd General Assembly, the really hard work begins for my administration.
Since we have wrapped the regular Legislative Session, I want to take some time to share specific focus areas that have been signed into law.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
The 92nd Assembly has wrapped the regular legislative session and more than 900 bills have been signed into law. We still have some work to do, but I would like to take this time to thank the constituents of District 11 for being more engaged than ever. We will take a short recess and reconv…
After three months of hard work that produced historic and much-needed legislation, the 92nd General Assembly has adjourned. Together, we cut taxes. We raised teacher pay. We funded roads and highways, and we passed legislation that will bring more efficiency to state government.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
We have just wrapped week 12 and we could not be busier passing legislation that has certainly kept constituents engaged. This week, I would like to share with you some legislation that I have pinned that is now law as well as some policy changes on the ballot for 2020. I have worked to devo…
During a visit two years ago with President Trump at the White House, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of global trade to Arkansas’s economy. At the time, the president was negotiating with Canada and Mexico for a modernized NAFTA agreement that was more fair to the United States.
Thursday, April 04, 2019
The Arkansas Legislature has just completed week 11. We continue our work passing milestone legislation, and I am very excited to share with you our accomplishments for the week. I’ll begin with celebrating those who serve us faithfully.
Recently we received news that a district judge in Washington, D.C., had struck down the work requirement in Arkansas Works Medicaid Program.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
We have successfully tackled some tough issues in the 92nd General Assembly, but not everything I sign is as serious as a highway-funding bill, raising teacher pay, or reducing the state’s top income-tax rate.
The 92nd General Assembly has just completed our first week of extended regular session and our tenth week in total. Even with our accomplishments in regular session, we still have much work ahead as we continue to make strides with diverse legislation. It is my goal to champion all that con…
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the process of implementing major reforms that will improve health care and education benefits as well as modernize its information technology. Congress crafted these updates with the input of veterans who often identify policies or problems that…
The Arkansas Legislation has sent our governor more than a thousand bills to be signed into law. As you probably have seen in national news, Arkansas legislation mirrors current topics. The Assembly has passed bills in three significant areas including education, business, and Arkansas government.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
My long list of goals for the 92nd General Assembly included legislation that I call the “Four ‘Ts’” – Tax reduction. Transportation funding. Teacher pay increases. Transformation of state government.
This week is the 8th week and two-month mark since the Legislative Session began.
Thursday, March 07, 2019
This week, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive bill that is a giant step forward in reforming our juvenile justice system. The bill provides for better assessment of our troubled youth and allows for sentencing guidelines that are more appropriate to each person.
We have been hard at work in the Arkansas Legislature for seven weeks now. We have passed and advanced bills ranging in topic from pharmaceuticals to speeding on local roadways. I do my best to narrow the focus and include those that are most relevant to constituents in District 11. This wee…
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
I had the honor of signing several important bills this week, including the income-tax reduction, the pay increase for starting teachers, mandatory newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy, the free-speech legislation for college campuses, and a reduction in fees for concealed-carry licenses.
The Assembly has officially wrapped our sixth week of legislative session. Almost 200 bills have been signed into law. We have also been busy passing legislation that has a record number of constituents engaged and acting. One of the committees where I sit is focused on protecting the intere…
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Arkansas’ 92nd General Assembly has been in regular session for just over a month, and the House has passed over 140 bills generated in both legislative chambers. For more information on how a bill becomes a law, visit https://www.arkansashouse.org/. The House passed SB211 in an 82-14 vote w…
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The House passed the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act 91-0. Raised from $31,800 to $36,000, teacher starting salaries will get a boost over the next 4 years. You can find the entire salary schedule on www.arkansashouse.org. There are 168 schools that currently pay the minimum salary. In HB1321…
The 92nd General Assembly has been in session for four weeks, and legislators have sent more than 40 bills for me to sign.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.
The Arkansas house has just wrapped the third week of legislative session. In that process the house has filed more than 250 bills with over 150 being filed in Senate Committees. Our work includes topics ranging from rules on sunscreen use in schools to restructuring state government. The ho…
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
In the second week of the regular legislative session, the House was active, passing several bills and advancing others. The House voted to pass the following bills to the Senate:
Hardworking Arkansans have benefitted from historic tax relief that Congress passed in 2017. More than 2.2 million jobs have been created since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, paychecks have increased and a greater number of Americans are able to keep more of their hard-earn…
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Washington is unfortunately on new ground as the existing partial government shutdown has now, regrettably, become the longest in U.S. history. The sense of urgency that lingered in previous shutdowns doesn’t exist because some government agencies were funded months ago, while others were fi…
Last week, I took an oath at the State Capitol to represent all the residents of District 11 with fidelity and honor. It was a privilege to participate in the swearing in ceremony of the 92nd General Assembly with my colleagues from across our great state. After the investiture, our work as …
Thursday, January 17, 2019
I’m disappointed that differences in funding priorities have resulted in a partial government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats must come to the table to find a solution so we can end this partial shutdown and allow all federal agencies to provide the service Arkansans and all Americans ex…
The regular session of 2019 will be remembered for the number of far-reaching and significant issues that legislators resolved.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
When I was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, I never dreamed I would be governor with the responsibility of implementing the dispensing of medical marijuana. But the voters approved medical marijuana, and I am committed to make it work.
Legislators have begun pre-filing bills in anticipation of the regular session that begins January 14.