Pre-fiscal budget hearings began last week with the governor outlining his balanced budget proposal calling for a 3.3 percent increase in spending.
A November 2021 Gallup poll identified inflation as one of the top five most important issues for Americans. This is no surprise considering the price increases we’re facing for everyday essentials. Each month, our dollars stretch less and too many are forced to make difficult decisions abou…
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
January is known as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It is a time for us to educate ourselves about human trafficking and learn to spot the signs of trafficking.
Today I’d like to talk about how Arkansas has grown stronger over the last year and my plan for continuing that growth into the future. Thanks to the people of Arkansas, we have made this state one of the premier locations for business owners to put their roots down and conduct business that…
Wednesday, January 05, 2022
As we close out another tough year, I’d like to praise the 3 million people who call Arkansas home. Arkansans always are the first to arrive, they give all they have, and they don’t leave until the job is done. During this last year, Arkansas has had its share of challenges, and we have face…
The Arkansas General Assembly will convene for the 2022 Fiscal Session on Monday, Feb. 14.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Today, I’d like to talk about Christmas and what the season for giving means to me.
From reducing income tax to lowering the sales tax on used cars, there are several pieces of tax legislation passed in 2021 that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Today I’d like to share the inspiring story of a dentist who recently moved back to Arkansas to open a dental clinic in the rural county where he grew up. The story of Giles Willis giving back to his state is a good one to share at Christmas.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Recently, I signed into law the most recent tax-cut bill that will lower state income taxes for all Arkansas taxpayers.
Legislation providing the largest state income tax reduction in state history has now been signed into law.
Wednesday, December 08, 2021
The General Assembly was scheduled to convene for an Extraordinary Session on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Today I’d like to talk about our progress in completing the Delta Heritage Trail, an 88-mile hiking and biking path through some of the prettiest landscape in Arkansas.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods and the lifeblood of our local economy.
Today I’d like to talk about the importance of Thanksgiving, but first I have to talk turkey. Arkansas turkey to be exact. Turkeys are one of Arkansas’s many claims to fame for which we can be thankful, right up there with the Buffalo National River and the World’s Championship Duck Calling …
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Right now, there are about 349 children and teens in Arkansas whose parents’ parental rights have been terminated and are currently seeking a forever family.
Because of all that Arkansas has to offer, we are actively seeking U.S. and international companies to invest in our state. On my recent trip to Israel, I was able to meet with President Isaac Herzog and talk about my initiative for computer science and technology company growth in our state.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
November 11 is the day we pause every year to honor the surviving veterans who served the United States in a branch of our armed forces.
Wednesday, November 03, 2021
For the past 21 months, we have been fighting a common enemy that has disrupted lives around the globe. One of the hindrances to beating COVID-19 has been a reluctance to get the vaccine.
According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 363,781 people in Arkansas, or 14.8 percent of the adult population, have diabetes.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.
One of my priorities has been to help pave a path to success for those who are re-entering society after a prison term. Today I’d like to talk about how we’ve addressed that. I also want to share the story of a man who spent his life encouraging young people to make good choices so they woul…
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
This week, the House passed legislation outlining new boundaries for Arkansas’s four congressional districts.
Today I’d like to talk about my recent trip to the southern border of Texas. General Kendall Penn, adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, joined me for a visit with members of the Arkansas National Guard who are in Texas to support Operation Lone Star.
Thursday, October 07, 2021
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That equates to more than 10 million women and men.
I became chair of the National Governors Association in July, and today I’d like to talk about this as an opportunity for Arkansas to inspire other states with our focus on computer science education.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
September is National Rice Month; Arkansas produces more rice than any other state; and an Arkansas family farm recently sold their rice to China, the first shipment from an Arkansas grower ever. Today, I’d like to talk about ... rice.
House members are expected to return to the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 29, to address congressional redistricting.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
There are three legislative meetings scheduled this month to review proposals for congressional redistricting.
On Sept. 11, 2001, I had just taken charge as administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. For today’s weekly address, we are offering a shortened version of A Thousand Deep: Asa Hutchinson Remembers 9.11 which is a video with my reflections about the day of the 9/11 attacks an…
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
The county fair is one of the traditions that we missed last year because of the pandemic, and today I’m very excited to talk about the reopening of the fairs this fall.
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Last week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee reviewed details of a new program designed to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports and air travel are essential to Arkansas’s growth and economic development, and the history of aeronautics in Arkansas is colorful. Today I’d like to talk about this industry that has contributed so much to the high quality of life in the Natural State.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive at and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.
Over the past several weeks, I have visited 16 communities on my Community COVID Conversations tour, and I heard heartfelt concerns, heartbreaking stories, and heartening testimonies about the value of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee met on Monday last week to begin the discussion on the redistricting process for Congressional districts in Arkansas.
Today I’d like to talk about a sector of our culinary industry that is the perfect business model for dining establishments during a pandemic.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Since the days I was taking out Hardy Boys mysteries from the Gravette School Library, I have always been in the middle of reading a book or two. The First Lady and I read to our children and our grandchildren. I encourage families to keep books at home to read aloud and to encourage childre…
This week, a subcommittee of Arkansas Legislative Council that provides oversight for Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police heard from Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant regarding recent successes and challenges facing state troopers.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Last week, I announced I would be traveling the state for a series of Community COVID Conversations, and today I’d like to talk about why these exercises in democracy matter.
This week, we want to remind you about the upcoming Arkansas Sales Tax holiday. This year, the event will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Last Thursday was the first of my Community COVID Conversations in Cabot, and I am so grateful for the crowd who attended and filled every seat with the overflow left standing along the walls. The time was well spent with citizens asking questions and providing ideas as to how to overcome th…
Arkansans know that no summer barbecue is complete without fresh watermelon. Our state may not be the largest producer of watermelon, but Arkansas communities lay claim to being the home of the world’s largest and the world’s sweetest.
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Last week, we lost another police officer in the line of duty, and if we could pass a law to guarantee we will never lose another one, then I would pass it and sign it today. But we know that is not realistic.
Arkansas started a new fiscal year last week, and final reports for the previous year give us an optimistic outlook about the future of our economy.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
There are currently 58,000 Arkansans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 67,000 will be diagnosed by 2025.
First, the Arkansas General Assembly had the tough task of choosing the two people who would represent Arkansas in Statuary Hall in our nation’s capital, and then we had a nationwide search for the artists who would sculpt the statues. Today I’m happy to report we now have selected the artis…
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Arkansas Works will end on Dec. 31, and today I’d like to talk about the program that will replace it.
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee reviewed a presentation regarding Arkansas’s inland waterways.