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Arkansas governor tells agencies to brace for possible cuts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s asking several agencies to make contingency plans for potential budget cuts after finance officials announced the state’s net revenue had fallen $57 million below forecast. The Republican governor told reporters Thursday he’s asking for the plans as he watches …

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State Capitol Week in Review Feb 3

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague February 3, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After putting the finishing touches on a $50 million-a-year tax cut for low income families, lawmakers turned their focus to legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from the state income tax. About 657,000 Arkansas taxpayers …

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Arkansas governor signs $50 million tax cut into law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his $50 million plan to cut income taxes for thousands of low-income residents. The Republican governor on Wednesday signed into law bills outlining his proposal to cut taxes for more than 650,000 people making less than $21,000 …

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Arkansas House OKs changing higher education funding plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved a bill to tie higher education funding to student progress. The bill uses a “performance-based” model to set funding at state colleges and universities and was on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s agenda for this year’s legislative session. He said he would …

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Arkansas lawmakers OK income tax break on veterans benefits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas House has approved a tax break for military veterans after the measure drew objections from conservatives over a plan to raise taxes on soda, digital downloads and unemployment benefits to pay for the exemption. The bill approved by the House Monday on a …

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State Capitol Week in Review Jan 27

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague January 27, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – From 500 to 900 people with developmental disabilities will get home assistance from a funding measure approved by the legislature. The home services will allow them to live at home, rather than in an institution.  …

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Arkansas lawmakers approve governors $50M tax cut plan

Arkansas lawmakers have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $50 million low-income tax cut plan, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years. The proposal to cut taxes for more than 650,000 residents making less than $21,000 cleared the House Monday …

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State Bill Filed to Allow Volunteer Firefighters Free Hunting Fishing Licenses

A state legislator has filed a bill that would allow for the state’s volunteer firefighters to be eligible to receive free hunting and fishing licenses. A volunteer firefighter would have to “actively engage in fire suppression, rescue, pump operation and other firefighter activity,” receive less than $5,000 in compensation a …

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Arkansas lawmakers advance junk food ban for food stamps

Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to buy soda or junk food under a plan that’s heading to the state House for a vote. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal by Republican Rep. Mary Bentley of Perryville to prohibit using Supplemental …

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State Capitol Week in Review Jan 13

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague January 13, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas legislature convened the 2017 regular session with tax cuts, Medicaid and medical marijuana are at the top of its agenda. Also, legislators will consider a package of bills that would change the state’s …

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