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.
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.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
The past two years have been busy in Washington as we passed historic tax reform, rolled back needless regulation and implemented improvements to help Main Street lenders and job creators. I’m proud to be a voice for Arkansas in the nation’s capital, representing our shared values as Congres…
State government will get off to a fast start in 2019, when the legislature convenes in regular session on January 14 and takes up proposals to lower income taxes and simplify the tax tables.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
The major political headlines of 2018 include voter approval of a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in four Arkansas locations.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau had good news for Arkansas. The percentage of adults with a college degree has gone up by 2.9 percent.
I have always considered myself a Healthy Active Arkansan, and that is why I am pleased that my administration launched Healthy Active Arkansas, the 10-year campaign to reduce the rate of obesity in our state and to increase healthy lifestyles.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The 35-member Senate held its organizational meeting to elect leadership and formalize the rules for the 92nd General Assembly of the legislature, which convenes in regular session on January 14.
In the Civil War the nation divided geographically to the point that Lincoln, a moderate on slavery, was not even on the ballot for president in much of the South. For two years the Democrats have not supported anything initiated by President Donald Trump, the divide is so complete. Bipartis…
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Civil war first begins with words. There is now little decorum or civility on the medias of both political parties who now openly call opponents liars and traitors; hostile words not previously used in respected media outlets. Is a second civil war coming? A July 2018, Rasmussen Reports surv…
The Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force is working until the proverbial last minute to finalize a package of recommendations for the regular session of the legislature, which begins January 14.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
From the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrim settlers to the modern tradition of football and turkey, it is important for us as a state and nation to pause from the hustle of life and simply give thanks.
Every year Arkansas judges send about 350 youths into state custody. Some are sent to a secure lockup and some to a less restrictive environment, such as a group home.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
On Wednesday morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson presented his balanced budget for the next biennium to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly.
The pilgrims realized that some kind of governing document was needed for the new colony, “as human nature is prone to disunity and differences that could be disruptive of peace.” Governor William Bradford thus described the circumstances under which the agreement came about.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
When the Arkansas legislature convenes in regular session in January for the state’s 92nd General Assembly, the 35-member Senate will have 26 Republicans and nine Democrats. That ratio did not change after this year’s elections.
U.S. Senator John Boozman recognized the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veteran Kenneth Ziemer in ‘Salute to Veterans,’ a series recognizing the military service of Arkansans.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Every other year we are subjected to a national election; it is the price we must pay for our liberty and our Republic. Freedom is not a normal human experience. Most of humanity never had it.
Arkansas has 1,034 public schools and each one recently received a letter grade, from A to F, to give parents an easy method of evaluating them,