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April, 2019

  • 17 April

    Hutchinson Set To Reorganize State Cabinet Positions To Save About $15 Million A Year

    (LITTLE ROCK) Before the final day of the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative session began, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he wanted to reorganize government to reduce the number of state agencies reporting directly to him from 42 to 15. The plan was in House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. Final action came on Wednesday, April 10th, when, after ...

  • 17 April

    Governor Signs Reorganization Plan Into Law

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed a 2,047-page bill into law that will implement his plan to reduce the number of state agencies reporting to him from 42 to 15, effective July 1. The Republican governor also announced the creation of a transition team to help with the implementation of House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little ...

  • 17 April

    Lifetime Resident Disabled Veterans License for Hunting and Fishing and Lifetime Duck and Trout Stamp

    (LITTLE ROCK) Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed Senate Bill 397, that creates an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission resident disabled veterans license that includes a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license, a lifetime Arkansas duck stamp and an Arkansas trout stamp. AGFC Director Pat Fitts said the license will double the reach of eligible recipients to over 14,000 disabled veterans. ...

  • 10 April

    Reflections from History and Faith

    Thomas Jefferson By Jeff Olson During the course of America’s history, there have been a number of great men and women who have played important roles. One such man was Thomas Jefferson. Two hundred seventy six years ago this week, April 13, 1743, Jefferson was born at Shadwell, the family farm in Goochland (now Abermarle) County, Virginia. He was the third born ...

  • 3 April

    Reflections From Faith and History

    The Christian Roots of Science -by Jeff Olson For years now, there has been an ongoing debate between the realms of science and Christianity. Much of this has centered around the two subjects of evolution and creation. Unfortunately, and in far too many cases, the discussions and debates have presented a false choice. In other words, it is an either/or ...

March, 2019

  • 27 March

    Reflections from Faith and History

    Jesus, Keep The Wheel By Jeff Olson Like most other boys at a young age, I looked forward with excitement to the day I could learn how to drive a vehicle and get my driver’s license. My first taste of driving, as I recall, was of my father letting me sit on his lap and help steer our 1957 Oldsmobile ...

  • 20 March

    Minimum Wage in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK – In the election last fall, the voters of Arkansas approved an increase in the state’s minimum wage. It will rise to $11 an hour by January 2021. Some non-profit organizations, small businesses, and others are concerned that a mandatory increase in wages will hurt their operations and even their ability to survive. I understand their concerns. That ...

February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Reflections From Faith and History

    Truth and Consequences – by Jeff Olson Some time back I was visiting with a close friend of mine and the subject of truth came up in the conversation. My friend commented that he’s found life to be essentially a journey in search for Truth. Well, I agreed with his statement but I replied that his journey of discovery is ...

  • 13 February

    Largest Highway Spending Plan in State’s History Announced by Governor and Legislature

    Governor Asa Hutchinson joined legislative leadership this morning to announce details of a proposed $300 million, long-term highway plan. At $300 million in increased annual revenue to State Highways, this plan would be the largest in Arkansas’s history. The plan is broken down into two parts, the first of which is an extension of the half-cent sales tax of 2012 ...

  • 6 February

    Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Weekly Address

    The 5.9 Tax Cut Plan I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side. This is the third phase of my three-part ...