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Scott to take VA health care post

Central Arkansas system to get its first permanent chief since ’14

Subscriber onlyA physician who temporarily headed the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System for more than a year was named Friday as its first permanent director since 2014 in a move one congressman called "a first step" toward the health system regaining the public's trust. Continue reading...

Proposal would boost local perks to land jobs

Subscriber onlyLocal economic development organizations have grown in size and prominence in Arkansas, spending millions of dollars raised through sales taxes to influence where new jobs land. Continue reading...

InvestArk vies with roads in industrial-lure debate

Subscriber onlyA proposed constitutional amendment that expands the amount of money the state can spend on incentives for major companies and clarifies what local governments can do to help comes as Gov. Asa Hutchinson considers eliminating or changing InvestArk, one of the state's largest industrial incentives, to pay for highway improvements. Continue reading...

Library, elderly funding restored

Rainy-day fund tapped for $2M

Subscriber onlyLegislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers. Continue reading...

Panel defeats Capitol-zoning appeal proposal

Senator’s measure would let Heritage Department decide

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday balked at Sen. Jeremy Hutchison's proposal to allow people to appeal any rule, regulation, decision or order of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Continue reading...

Bid to add strings to poor's aid stumbles

Panel vote short on seeking U.S. waiver to require needy to use funds on basics

Subscriber onlyA proposal that would require the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to restrict the use of financial assistance paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients failed to clear the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday. Continue reading...

Bill to aid politics' gift filing advances

But $10M extra for pre-K fails

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill authorizing the secretary of state's office to spend up to $750,000 to improve its online system for campaign-finance reporting in the fiscal year starting July 1. Continue reading...

D.C. lawmakers gather in Statuary Hall to pray

Subscriber only The U.S. Capitol has chaplains. Initially it had church services, too. Continue reading...

New execs for DHS get assent

Deputy chief: Cuts to pay for 2 posts

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday authorized the drafting of a proposal to create two new administrative positions at the state Department of Human Services. Continue reading...

Capitol zoning measure advances

Abolish panel, have heritage agency do job, LR senator says

Subscriber onlyThe Capitol Zoning District Commission would be abolished and its powers, duties, property and funds transferred to the Department of Arkansas Heritage under a proposal that advanced Wednesday through the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee's Special Language Subcommittee. Continue reading...

Motion to override governor on Medicaid line item fizzles

Subscriber onlyThe state Senate on Tuesday declined to consider overriding Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto of legislation that would have ended Arkansas' version of the Medicaid expansion on Dec. 31. Continue reading...

Bill sets $750,000 for filing upgrades

Aim: Ease reporting of campaign gifts

Subscriber onlyAn appropriation bill filed Tuesday would pay up to $750,000 to upgrade the state's online campaign-finance reporting system. Continue reading...

Senator: Capitol zoning superfluous

Hutchinson cites complaints, studies end to panel’s funding

Subscriber onlySen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, said Tuesday that he's exploring the option of phasing out funding for the state Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Pay raise for DHS chief clears Senate

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase the annual salary of the state Department of Human Services director from $162,647 to $280,000 for the rest of the fiscal year ending June 30. Continue reading...

Counseling board floats opt-out rule

Lawmakers hold off to study plan

Subscriber onlyLawmakers on Tuesday delayed acting on a proposed change to state ethics rules for counselors that would allow counselors to refer away a client to whom they have religious objections. Continue reading...

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