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September, 2014

  • 2 September

    State’s Unemployment Insurance Trustfund Recovering

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The state’s unemployment insurance trust fund has recovered significantly and by the end of the year will not owe any money to the federal government, the governor announced. A few years ago the state’s trust fund was in debt to the federal government for $360 million because the severe economic recession ...

August, 2014

  • 26 August

    State School Bus Survey

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Almost 60 percent of Arkansas public school students take the bus to school, and each morning they spend an average of about 49 minutes on the bus, according to an extensive survey by legislative analysts. On average, they spend another 49 minutes riding home. The survey was required by Act 1288 ...

  • 19 August

    State Orders Survey of Schools’ Broadband Capacity

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The legislature has begun the complex task of providing school districts in Arkansas with expanded broadband access. Innovations in computers, phones and the Internet are being introduced at an ever faster pace.  Schools with outdated equipment risk falling further behind those with newer technology. One of the first steps toward providing ...

  • 13 August

    State Seeks to Find Funding for Proposed Maximum Security Prison

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas prison officials are proposing to build a new 1,000 bed unit with plenty of secure, isolated cells for repeat offenders and inmates who continuously cause trouble. The projected cost is between $75 million and $100 million.  Under the state constitution the legislature has ultimate authority to determine spending by state ...

  • 6 August

    Arkansas Tourism Shows Growth in 2013

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas tourism economy grew by 3.35 percent last year and the number of visitors to the state increased from about 22 million to 23 million, according to the state Parks and Tourism Department. Those visitors spent more than $5.9 billion in Arkansas, proving yet again how important tourism is to ...

July, 2014

  • 22 July

    State Considers Immunization Requirements

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – July 18, 2014 LITTLE ROCK – Under new immunization requirements being considered by the state Board of Health, children who will be 11 or older on September 1 must have a Tdap shot in order to attend a public or a private school. The Tdap shot protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Parents will ...

  • 17 July

    State Ends Year with $79 Million Surplus

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – July 11, 2014 LITTLE ROCK – Thanks to very conservative budgeting by the Arkansas legislature, state government ended Fiscal Year 2014 with a surplus of almost $79 million. The state already had almost $96 million in unobligated funds left over from previous surpluses.  Also, between now and the end of Fiscal Year 2015, which ...

  • 11 July

    State Prison Funding Increases

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – July 4, 2014 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature wrapped up a three-day special session after approving bills to increase the capacity of state prisons, to hold down anticipated costs for public school health insurance and to impose a moratorium on fast-paced computerized lottery games. The Arkansas inmate population is about 17,000 and is growing ...

  • 3 July

    Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise; Inmate Costs Grow

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The problems being addressed by the legislature in this summer’s special session have been building for years. Consistent and sharp increases in health insurance costs have been a growing problem for public school employees for more than a decade.  For even longer, dramatic increases in the inmate population have caused budget ...

June, 2014

  • 24 June

    Arkansas Economic Development Commission Uses Incentives to Encourage Industrial Growth

    BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – June 20, 2014 LITTLE ROCK – When the board of the state Teacher Retirement System voted last week to increase its investment in a northeast Arkansas steel mill, it renewed questions about the role of government in private enterprise. For several generations elected officials at all levels of government have emphasized their support for ...