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April, 2016

  • 20 April

    Governor Hutchinson’s Weekly Column and Radio Address: Queen Wilhelmina State Park

      As governor, no day is typical. I work with the legislature, pursue economic development opportunities, listen to the concerns of citizens and meet people from every corner of the state. I love my job, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the office and enjoy the Natural State. Last weekend, the First Lady and I spent two days ...

  • 18 April

    Executive Branch Employment Shrinks by Approximately 3% Announces Gov. Hutchinson Nearly 800 Fewer Positions from January 2015

    Executive Branch Employment Shrinks by Approximately 3% Announces Gov. Hutchinson Nearly 800 Fewer Positions from January 2015 LITTLE ROCK – Executive-branch state agencies ended March with almost 800 fewer positions than in January of 2015, according to data released Monday by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Salary savings resulting from these increased efficiencies are anticipated to save the State an estimated $7 million by June ...

  • 13 April

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Says Highway Plan in Jeopardy if Arkansas Works Funding Not Passed

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Says Highway Plan in Jeopardy if Arkansas Works Funding Not Passed;  No General Revenues to Fund Highways & No Highway Special Session LITTLE ROCK – In a news conference this afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson warned of the consequences to any new highway program if funding for Arkansas Works was not passed. The governor’s recommendation, announced earlier this year, provides the use of $40 million ...

  • 11 April

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Responds to Potential Cuts to Foster Care System if Arkansas Works Funding Not Passed

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Responds to Potential Cuts to Foster Care System if Arkansas Works Funding Not Passed LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson warns that if Arkansas Works funding is not passed, a $10.9 million funding cut to the state’s foster care system is possible as indicated by the House’s proposed alternative budget released today. In order to achieve a $10.9 million reduction, the ...

March, 2016

  • 11 March

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces $10 Million Upgrade for Statewide Public Safety Communications System

    LITTLE ROCK—Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he will request the legislature to release $10 million from his Rainy Day Fund for significant and much needed upgrades to the statewide interoperable communications system for emergency and public safety services, also known as the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN). This funding will go towards replacing aging radio equipment at 20 AWIN sites, ...

February, 2016

  • 4 February

    Cindy Gillespie New Director of DHS

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced that Cindy Gillespie, former health care advisor to former Governor and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). Her start date will be March 1, 2016. Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Gillespie: “After a national search and after interviewing a number of ...