Gubernatorial Candidate Asa Hutchinson Proposes Workforce Training Changes

Mar 19, 2014

File photo of Asa Hutchinson filing to run for governor last month at the state Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is proposing changing Arkansas' workforce training system, calling for the creation of eight councils around the state that would guide how funding for the programs are distributed.

Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed creating eight Workforce Education Councils to coordinate and expand the state's existing training programs.

Under Hutchinson's proposal, the councils would help direct how roughly $34 million in annual funding for workforce training programs is distributed by the state Department of Higher Education. He said the council members would be appointed by the governor, but left open the possibility legislative leaders could appoint members.

Hutchinson, a former congressman, is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the Republican nomination.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is running against Lynette Bryant for the Democratic nomination.