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May, 2017

  • 19 May

    State Legislature Looks to Reform Taxes

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX – This week several members of the legislature will take the first step in crafting new tax reform legislation. When the General Assembly passed the Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 we not only reduced taxes for low-income families, we also laid the groundwork for future tax cuts and reform. The legislation created the Tax ...

  • 19 May

    To the Class of 2017

    It’s time to recognize the Class of 2017. I had the honor of addressing graduates at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge on May 13, 2017. Here is some of the advice I gave to graduates: I’m sure many of you are documenting this milestone on social media. You have a lot to be proud of so it is no ...

  • 19 May

    Arkansas Virtual Academy may Receive More Students

    May 19, 2017 LITTLE ROCK –The state Board of Education will consider raising the cap on the number of students who can enroll in the Arkansas Virtual Academy. The academy has received preliminary approval for a higher cap from the Charter Authorizing Panel and the next step is for the request to go before the state Board. If the Board ...

  • 19 May

    The Thin Blue Line

    BY CONGRESSMAN BRUCE WESTERMAN –  I am a firm believer that those who service in blue deserve the highest form of respect and gratitude. May 15-19 is National Police Week, a time when tens of thousands of law enforcement officers gather in the Nation’s Capital, a tradition that began in 1962. The recent murder of Lieutenant Kevin C. Mainhart in ...

  • 18 May

    State Creates Relief Legislative Task Force

    FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Acts 78 and 79 of 2017 created the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. The leaders of the Senate and House have appointed the panel’s membership. There will be eight senators and eight representatives on the task force, which is charged with recommending changes to the state tax code ...

  • 18 May

    Arkansas Challenge Deadline Approaches

    SUBMITTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX – Extensive research shows that obtaining a college degree results in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. In fact, the median income for young adults with a college degree is 50% higher than those with a high school diploma. This week, we want to remind you about an important deadline that could have a ...

  • 18 May

    Supporting Those Who Protect Our Communities

    BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – Arkansans are proud of the law enforcement history in our state. In my hometown of Fort Smith, the U.S. Marshals Service has a deep-rooted history that helped shape our nation’s westward expansion. Today, many people in the area find their family roots trace back to a U.S. Marshal. As home to the future ...

March, 2017

  • 15 March

    Laugh often…

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Whether it’s a giggle from something brutally honest spoken from a child’s mouth or that big ol’ belly laugh that a good time with great friends can bring about… it’s truly healing to the soul. The health benefits of it are well documented, ranging from lowering blood pressure, increasing blood ...

February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Senate Proposes Attorney Fee Limits

    FROM STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – February 17, 2017 LITTLE ROCK – After a lengthy and impassioned debate, the Senate voted to refer to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in civil lawsuits and limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. The measure is Senate Joint Resolution 8. The Senate vote is a ...

  • 23 February

    Boozman Invites Arkansans to Participate in Tele-Town Hall Monday

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman will host a telephone town hall on Monday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. CT to connect with Arkansans and discuss topics under debate in Washington. This statewide event allows Arkansans the ability to ask Boozman questions over the phone or listen to the conversation about the issues impacting them. Arkansans interested in participating in ...