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October, 2018

  • 10 October

    Governor’s Plan to Transform Government

    LITTLE ROCK – 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. I developed this plan with the leadership of my Chief Transformation Officer Amy Fecher and with ...

July, 2018

  • 20 July


    According to the School Safety Commission’s preliminary report, better access to mental-health counseling for students must be a priority as Arkansas leaders look for ways to tighten security at public schools. Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Commission by executive order on March 1st, following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The commissioners evaluated safety ...

January, 2017

  • 26 January

    Gov. Hutchinson, ADE Launch Reading Initiative

    January 26, 2017 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are excited to announce the R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas reading initiative. R.I.S.E. Arkansas will build a culture of reading through stakeholder collaboration and provide additional instructional support to current and future teachers. “Reading and literacy skills are vital for success in the classroom and ...

  • 13 January

    Governor’s State of the State

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Hutchinson’s weekly radio address can be found in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. This week’s Column and Radio Address is the Governor’s State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the 91st General Assembly on January 10, 2017.   Thank you, and I salute you as well. It is good to be back with ...

  • 4 January

    Gov. Hutchinson Approves Plant Board’s Amendment to the Pesticide Use and Restriction Regulation (“Dicamba Rule”); Tasks Board to Provide Clear Rules on Approval Process for New Technologies

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today sent a letter to the chairman of the Arkansas State Plant Board approving the board’s proposed amended regulation entitled Pesticide Use and Restriction. The Governor closely analyzed the three following issues as they were the most frequently referenced in his meetings and in public comments: (1) whether the Plant Board should completely ban dicamba ...

December, 2016

  • 20 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Lays Out Agenda for 2017 Session

    LITTLE ROCK – In a news conference Tuesday morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson laid out his full list of priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Each of the announced initiatives fall into one of three categories, consistent with the Governor’s priorities: Economic Development, Education, and Efficiencies and Government Transformation. They are as follows: Economic Development: Retired Military Tax Cut Accelerator Program $50.5 ...

  • 8 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Introduces New ArFuture Grant

    Pays Full Cost of Tuition for Community and Technical College December 8, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced the creation of the “Arkansas Future Grant” (ArFuture) for traditional, home school and non-traditional students in Arkansas. This state funded grant would be available on a first come, first serve basis and would provide two years of tuition and fees at ...

  • 8 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Honors Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on the 75th Anniversary of the Attack

    December 7, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today honors Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on the 75thAnniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He delivered a speech at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in remembrance of those who served in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the veterans who served throughout World War II. View his speech here: ...

  • 7 December

    Gov. Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education Announce the Results of the First Annual Governor’s All-Region Coding Competition

    16 Teams Will Be Invited to Participate in the All-State Competition Taking Place Next Spring LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education today announced the two winning teams from each of the eight Governor’s All-Region Coding Competition Events that took place Nov. 7 at eight regional locations around the state.    The 16 selected teams ...

  • 7 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Joins House and Senate Leadership to Announce Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Appointments

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today [Wednesday, December 7, 2016], joined with Senator Jonathan Dismang, President Pro Tempore, and Representative Jeremy Gillam, Speaker of the House, announced five appointments to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. They are as follows:   Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., Little Rock, to the Medical Marijuana Commission. (Hutchinson Appointment) Dr. Stephen J. Carroll, PharmD, Benton, ...