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…
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,
Students from the Bismarck School District gave up their first day of fall break to travel to the capitol this week for a news conference in which we celebrated their academic achievement.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2019 regular session.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Nov. 11, 2018, as “Bells of Peace: World War I Remembrance Day.” The Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee is calling on people and organizations around the state to ring bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, to celebrate the end of Wo…
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2019 regular session.
Arkansas has a long and proud history of supporting our nation’s defense. Our state is home to military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national security and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers. It’s also where brave men and women learn to serve a cause hi…
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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.