The Arkansas Legislature meets again on Tuesday after the President's Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday.
The state's "private option" plan of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is still the top issue. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey have a conversation about the political climate at the state Capitol as legislators prepare for a critical vote.
On this week's Talk Business Arkansas with Roby Brock: Politics take center stage, the fiscal session begins and so does the fate of the "private option;" Shuffling abounds in the Lt. Gov.'s race - who's in, who's out? And the ad wars heat up in the governor's race.
This weeks political roundtable discussion: Democratic blogger Michael Cook, GOP Strategist Clint Reed
In the first six months of this fiscal year, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences lost $27.8 million. Arkansas Business reports in this week's issue on the dramatic downturn compared to the same period a year earlier, when it had an $8.5 million gain.
Dr. Dan Rahn, the chancellor of UAMS, said he has a multi-point strategy to increase revenue and slash expenses that should generate about $40 million for UAMS during the next 18 months.
Arkansas legislators convene in Little Rock every two years to address the state's finances during a fiscal session approved by voters in 2010 - and every two years lawmakers propose non-budget measures that generally would be reserved for a general session.
Legislators say they don't want to wait to debate issues that would affect Arkansans now, even if it means disrupting the regular agenda.