Arkansas finance officials say higher than expected income and sales tax collections pushed the state's revenue higher in September.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Wednesday that the state's net available revenue last month totaled $522.8 million, which is $28.2 million above the same month last year and $16.3 million above forecast.
Arkansas' revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $29.7 million higher than forecast.
The department said the September revenue was boosted by gains in all major categories of tax collections.
More than 55,000 Arkansans have opted to enroll in new healthcare covered under the private option law, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
The agency, which contacted more than 132,000 eligible households in September, will begin sending out letters this week that explain the enrollment process. Reports also indicate a total of 2,539 children were deemed uninsured and automatically enrolled in ARKids First.
The number of positive responses quashed initial uncertainty, according to DHS Communications Director Amy Webb.
Major plans for Robinson Auditorium were set into motion Monday night by the Little Rock Board of Directors.
The Board cast a unanimous vote to hold an election for funding a nearly $70 million expansion and renovation of the auditorium. The funds come from an existing 2 percent hospitality tax created in 1980 to build the Statehouse Convention Center.
Tensions arose over two primary concerns. Is the benefit limited to downtown while the funding comes from everywhere? Was there enough notice given, particularly to those that would pay the tax?
The board for Arkansas' insurance exchange is meeting a day after the sign-up period began for the online marketplace that was created under the federal health care law.
The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board of Directors planned to meet Wednesday morning at the University of Arkansas System's B. Alan Sugg Boardroom.
The 11-member board was created this year to oversee the operation of the online marketplace where about 500,000 Arkansans are expected to compare policies and purchase insurance under the health overhaul.
Court dates have been rescheduled for a 21-year-old man accused of driving into and injuring a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.
Prosecutor John Bell said Tuesday that Teagan Ross Martin's case has been reset for Jan. 7, with a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 4.
Martin of Newport faces a negligent homicide charge after one of the cyclists died this summer. He also faces one count of careless and prohibited driving and 13 counts related to overtaking a bicycle.
Depending on how long it lasts, the partial federal government shutdown could have a negative impact on the financial wellbeing of Arkansans who already work in low-wage jobs.
AmeriCorps VISTA members complete projects designed to combat poverty in communities throughout Arkansas. However, the people who work for that national service program often depend on a federal stipend, which amounts to less than $5 an hour, as their only source of income during their year of fulltime service.