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Each year there are more babies born in Arkansas with illegal drugs in their systems. The state Division of Children and Family Services has been keeping records since the legislature enacted Garrett’s Law in 2005. It is named after a child who was born in 2004 with crystal methamphetamine in his body, and who lived only a few months. The ...

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Grants Awarded for Job Training Programs

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Job training in Arkansas is aligning more closely with the needs of companies seeking to hire workers equipped with skills for the global economy. Two developments in state government last week were clear indicators of the trend. First, the Department of Workforce Services announced that 12 community colleges would receive about ...

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ARCO Receives Grant to Assist Ouachita ATV Club at Wolf Pen Gap

BY LEANN DILBECK – ARCO Chair Gar Eisele accepts $50,000 from Representative Nate Bell and Senator Larry Teague, who facilitated securing the general improvement funds that will be given to the Ouachita ATV Club to further their trail maintenance at Wolf Pen Gap. Eisele stated his appreciation to the both Bell and Teague in recognizing the economic significance of the ...

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Act 393 Saving Lives

New Water Plan BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Trauma System, which the legislature authorized through Act 393 of 2009, saves more than 200 lives and $237 million a year, according to the most recent Health Department update. The trauma system ensures that accident victims are taken as soon as possible to a hospital that ...

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Fiscal Session to End with Possible Grants for Statewide School Broadband

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – If the legislature gives the measure final approval during the fiscal session, public schools could apply for grants to expand their broadband capacity with new fiber optic cables. The grants would come from a $10 million appropriation from the state surplus.  The authorization to spend surplus funds on improved broadband for ...

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Connecting Arkansas Program Makes Progress; Tourism Tax Brings Record Revenue

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The largest highway construction program in state history got off to a good start when the Highway Commission opened bids for a $52.7 million project in northwest Arkansas. The project is the next phase in the Bella Vista bypass.  It will relieve congestion in that city and eventually become part of ...

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State’s Third Fiscal Session Set to Begin

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In addition to approving budgets for state government operations next year, during the fiscal session the legislature will allocate unspent surplus funds that have built up in the state treasury over the previous year. Traditionally, surplus funds are spent on “one time” projects, while recurring expenses such as salaries and maintenance ...

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Governor Proposes Balanced Budget

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – During legislative budget hearings in preparation for the 2014 fiscal session, the governor presented a balanced budget proposal for next year that projects more than $5 billion in general revenue spending. The proposed budget calls for an increase in spending next year of $105.8 million. Public schools would receive an additional ...

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School Districts Receive Extra Funds for Low-Income Students

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – State education funding in Arkansas is based on enrollment, with local school districts receiving extra money for each pupil in attendance from a low-income family. The legislature established the bonus funding for poor students during the 2003-2004 special session that was devoted almost entirely to improving Arkansas public schools.  That special ...

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AEDC Announces New Industries Coming to Arkansas

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is a relatively small state agency whose work has a big impact. The AEDC employs 90 people who recruit new industries to Arkansas and who work with existing industries to encourage them to expand their operations.  The entire community gets excited about announcements of new industries ...

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