Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter and anchor for KUAR. He primarily covers the state legislature and politics beat while juggling anchoring All Things Considered Monday through Friday afternoons. 

Jacob is a long-time Little Rock resident who started out working with Hendrix College's KHDX and the Arkansas Legislative Digest. His work (or portions of it) has appeared on NPR, our other wonderful public radio stations across Arkansas, PBS News Hour, TalkBusiness.net, Arkansas Money & Politics Magazine, and ArkansasBlog.com.

He regularly appears on Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) weekly roundtable politics program Arkansas Week. Jacob also serves on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. If you see him you should ask him about the experience of German-Arkansans during World War I.

Phone: 501-683-7393

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Local & Regional News
12:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Legislative Committee Rejects Removing Lee From King Holiday

Rep. Charles Blake speaking in favor of the bill while members of Sons of Confederate Veterans look on.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The joint celebration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue in Arkansas. An effort in the Arkansas Legislature Wednesday to end the state holiday honoring both Lee and King on the same day failed on a voice vote after an onslaught of testimony from those lauding Lee’s legacy. The legislation in the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee would have allowed MLK Day to stand alone, while the Lee celebration would be incorporated into a new “Patrick Cleburne-Robert E.

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Local & Regional News
10:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Governor's Budget: Surplus Spending, Prisons, Education, Taxes, & GIF

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Governor Asa Hutchinson is proposing an overall spending increase of three percent in his budget plan for the next fiscal year. The Republican governor released his proposal to lawmakers Tuesday. General education, Medicaid, and prisons would see an increase in funding. Higher education and pre-K would remain flat while many state agencies will take a one percent cut.

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Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Mon January 26, 2015

This Week In The Arkansas Legislature: Medicaid, Taxes, MLK, And A Budget

Arkansas Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The week ahead in the Arkansas Legislature promises action on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature tax cut proposal, reaction to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plans, the reevaluation of celebrating a Confederate general on the same day as a civil rights icon, and the release of a state budget proposal.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Gov. Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Study Alternatives

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announcing Thursday morning at UAMS that he supports continuing the state's private option Medicaid expansion through the end of 2016.
Credit Arkansas Times

Arkansas’s Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is calling for the state’s Republican controlled legislature to keep funding its version of Medicaid expansion, at least for two more years, without adding any changes. Hutchinson revealed his position Thursday for the first time in an address at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Governor Hutchinson To Unveil Private Option Policy, Major Changes Expected

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R)
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Governor Asa Hutchinson will for the first time reveal to Arkansans what he thinks should happen to the state’s Medicaid expansion plan in a speech Thursday morning at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.. The insurance program for over 220,000 Arkansans – known as the private option - faces a tough three-fourths vote this legislative session, as it did in the last, for re-authorization.

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Local & Regional News
12:18 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Filed In Arkansas To End Dual Observance Of Robert E. Lee & MLK Day

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Credit Library of Congress

A bill filed in the legislature Wednesday seeks to end Arkansas’s official observance of Robert E. Lee’s birthday, which falls on the same date as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Republican Nate Bell, typically aligned with the conservative side of his party, filed the legislation removing the Confederate general’s birthday from the list of state holidays.

However, Bell said he does not personally think it is inappropriate to celebrate Confederates and civil rights leaders side by side.

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Local & Regional News
10:55 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Governor Hutchinson's $100 Million Tax Cut Advances, Includes Repeal Of 2013 Cut

Bill sponsor, Sen. Jonathan Dismang, speaking to reporters Wednesday morning at the Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s top priority this legislative session, a $100 million income tax cut, passed its first hurdle Wednesday in an amended form. The senate committee on Revenue and Taxation advanced the one percent cut for individuals earning between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. The full senate is expected to take up the measure Thursday.

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Local & Regional News
6:34 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Hutchinson Delays Budget To Answer Cost Of Tax Cuts & Future Of Private Option

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) talks about why he's moving back his budget plan in the Governor's Conference Room. Former Gov. Mike Beebe's portrait hangs above Hutchinson.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

For the second time since the Arkansas legislature convened, a little over a week ago, Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced he will move back a public rollout of his budget proposal.

Hutchinson said he is delaying the release of his budget until next Tuesday for two reasons, “because of the emphasis on the health care reform remarks on Thursday, and because I wanted to give the legislature some time to give me informal feedback.”

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Local & Regional News
6:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Restricting Drug-Induced Abortions Filed In Legislature

State Rep. Julie Mayberry (R-East End)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas legislature seeks to prevent women from having a drug-induced abortion administered by a doctor via telemedicine. Two Republican women, state Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain Home and state Representative Julie Mayberry of East End, sponsored the legislation requiring a doctor to be physically present when a woman takes Mifepristone (RU-486). The attending physician must also attempt to make a follow-up appointment.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Legislature: Details Filed On $100 Million Tax Cut & Possible Delays To Past Cuts

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam speaking to reporters after the inauguration of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Legislative leaders filed details Wednesday for a bill mirroring much of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature campaign promise, a $100 million tax cut for the middle class. An agenda for 90th General Assembly is beginning to take shape.

Senate President Jonathan Dismang (R-Searcy) said he hopes to bring the three-page tax cut proposal before lawmakers as early as next week. The move would precede both the Governor’s promised address on health care reform, and his comprehensive budget proposal.

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