Arkansas Governor Reports More Than $73,000 In Trips Accepted

Feb 1, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a file photo from January 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in airfare and travel last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party paying for his overseas trade missions.

Hutchinson reported his trips on his annual statement of financial interest on Monday. Hutchinson reported that the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation paid more than $41,000 for the governor and first lady Susan Hutchinson's airfare and travel expenses for trade missions to Europe and Asia last year.

The state Republican Party paid more than $24,000 in travel expenses for the governor, including for his trade mission to Cuba last year.

Hutchinson also reported receiving more than $4,000 in gifts, including an honorary membership to a Little Rock country club valued at $2,772.