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March, 2019

  • 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

  • 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 ...

June, 2016

  • 16 June

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Statewide Initiative to Increase Access for Computer Science and STEM Careers: $400,000 set for Career Initiative in Every Middle School

      LITTLE ROCK – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the Learning Blade initiative, supported through a $400,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education to the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, to increase student awareness and interest in computer science and STEM careers. Learning Blade challenges students to take on game-based projects that expose them to different aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math education ...

  • 13 June

    Jon Gilmore, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Asa Hutchinson, Announces Resignation; Will Pursue Private Sector Opportunity

    LITTLE ROCK – Jon Gilmore, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Asa Hutchinson, officially announced his resignation today. Gilmore will be leaving at the end of the month to pursue private sector opportunities and to open a consulting firm. Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement: “Jon has been a key part of my leadership team for the past three years.  He managed ...

  • 13 June

    Correction: Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments (Corrections from the previous draft are in red.): Dr. Deborah Mack, Bentonville, to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Replaces Dr. Cheryl Bryant. Dr. Shane Ford, Conway, to the State Board of Optometry. Appointment expires April 26, 2021. Replaces Dr. Dale Morris. Judge Kirk Johnson, Texarkana, to the State Crime ...

May, 2016

  • 13 May

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson Responds to Obama Administration’s “Guidance” on Gender Identification in Schools

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the following statement in response to the “guidance” on gender identification in schools issued by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department: “The recent letter from the federal government providing guidance to Arkansas schools on gender identification is offensive, intrusive and totally lacking in common sense.  There is ...

April, 2016

  • 27 April

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Sun Paper to Open Bio-Products Mill in Arkadelphia

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Sun Paper to Open Bio-Products Mill in Arkadelphia LITTLE ROCK – Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Sun Paper will open a bio-refinery in Clark County. Hongxin Li, chairman and founder of Sun Paper, joined Governor Hutchinson for the announcement in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol. Sun Paper will invest more than $1 billion ...

  • 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 ...