Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday there are a “multiplicity” of reasons Arkansas Legislators should vote to fund Arkansas’ private option plan, and he also took a shot at Republican gubernatorial candidates who “don’t understand the budget” with respect to the private option.
Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue came in below last year's figures but slightly above forecast in January, despite sales tax collections missing their target.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday that the state's net available revenue in January totaled $483.6 million. That's $32.5 million below last year and $7.4 million above forecast.
Arkansas lawmakers are scheduled to discuss whether the federal waiver for the state's compromise Medicaid expansion conflicts with the state law that paved the way the measure last year.
The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Tuesday are scheduled to discuss the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion with officials from the state Department of Human Services.
The search has resumed for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and airplane that lost contact with the commission Friday afternoon.
The commission says crews are searching parts of the Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas for missing pilot Jake Harrell. The 34-year-old pilot is also a North Little Rock police officer and member of the Arkansas National Guard.
The search began Friday afternoon when Harrell failed to communicate as scheduled with the commission while surveying the area for possible wildfires.
Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's open to tweaking the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but says he's confident lawmakers will renew the program when they convene for this year's legislative session.
Carter said Monday that voting on whether to reauthorize the "private option" will be one of the first things the Legislature will have to do when it convenes for this year's session on Feb. 10 since so many other parts of the budget depend on the program.
An additional round of wintry precipitation is forecast for Arkansas after much of the state saw ice and the northern part of the state saw snow on Sunday. Chuck Rickard of the National Weather Service says a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow is a possibility for many areas of the state on Tuesday.
Arkansas Business Report for the week of Mon., Feb. 3: Tyson Fodds slows expansion in China, Murphy Oil Corp. sees quarterly earnings drop, Fayetteville NanoWatt Designs completes phase one of a federal research grant to improve battery life and vision processors.
Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin is set to play a show with his trio at South on Main Sunday, Feb. 9. John spoke with Peter ahead of his appearance about playing with Betty Carter, performing for the President and what to expect at his Little Rock performance.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northwestern Arkansas and a winter weather advisory for most of the remainder of the state as a winter storm is expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region.
Both the warning and the advisory are in effect until midnight Sunday. The weather service says two to four inches of freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected in the northwestern corner of the state and one to three inches is possible elsewhere.
Only the southern one-third of the state was not included in the advisories.