This week, I traveled to Jonesboro to help cut the ribbon at the state’s fourth Crisis Stabilization Unit, and today I’d like to talk about the difference these centers are making in Arkansas.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.
September is “Take Your Legislator to School Month”! Each fall when students prepare to go back to school, legislators from the Arkansas House and Senate visit schools in their local districts. The goal is to build stronger communication between educators, students, and legislators.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Today I’d like to talk about the importance of participating in the U.S. Census and about the ways we are already preparing for Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.
Vote! Vote! Vote! Election season is coming up, and now is the time to get registered to vote. In the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly, my colleagues and I passed several pieces of new legislation that will affect the upcoming 2020 election.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Today I want to talk about what we are doing in Arkansas to expand access to mental health services and for those in need of drug-addiction counseling.
The legislative session has ended for 2019, but there is still a lot of positive activity happening behind the scenes on behalf of Arkansas Constituents.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
As our children start a new school year, I’d like to focus on the “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead” campaign.
This week I would like to visit with you about some of the legislative committee work my colleagues and I have been doing, even though the session has adjourned. More on that in a bit, but first I want to give a few reminders.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Last week I continued the conversation about laws that will take effect as a result of our last Legislative Session. I would like to continue that conversation this week. In fact, some constituents have had questions regarding some of the new laws that currently affect them or their loved ones.
As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life in El Paso and Dayton, it appears that the suspect in the Texas attack is a white nationalist who hates immigrants. He traveled more than 600 miles to a border town, where the majority of the population is Hispanic. Law enforcement agencies are…
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Today I’d like to share some thoughts about Winthrop Rockefeller, one of Arkansas’s great governors, and about the building we have named in his honor.
July 24, 2019 marked the 91st day following the regular Legislative Session. Except in noted circumstances and according to Arkansas Law, all Legislative Acts will go into effect on the 91st day following the Legislative Session.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Today I’d like to take a moment to remember Stone County Deputy Sheriff Mike Stephen, who was killed in the line of duty on July 18.
Every year as young people prepare to go back to school, I have always encouraged them to be kind and inclusive. Bullying and divisiveness can be challenging among students in schools.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Two words-Workforce Development. Last week, I started a conversation with District 11 about workforce development and cutting red tape in occupational licensing.
Today I’d like to highlight the work of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s Aviation Team.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Today I want to share the good news that we ended the 2019 budget year with a $295 million surplus.
Recently, I have been having a conversation with District 11 about several of the legislative areas that my colleagues and I addressed in the 92nd Assembly.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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.
School is out and summer vacations are in full swing; however, opportunities always exist to visit and share about education.
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…