Arkansas Politics Blog

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announcing his highway funding proposal.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is proposing that the state for the first time ever dip into general revenue funds to pay for state highways. The Republican governor announced the “no new taxes” proposal on Tuesday for a $750 million, 10-year highway budget that redirects general revenue and surplus funds.

At a press conference the governor said he felt “pretty good” about using general revenue for roads.

The almost uniquely Arkansas tradition of splitting the Martin Luther King Jr. state holiday bill with Robert E. Lee is in full swing today. The state governments of Mississippi and Alabama are the other holdouts of the dual observance of the civil rights leader and Confederate general. Lee’s home state of Virginia ended its Lee-Jackson-King Day in 2000.

Arkansas Politics Blog Logo.
Karen Tricot Steward / KUAR

There are a lot of odds and ends as well as deep dives into Arkansas politics we can't always squeeze on the radio waves. With a nod toward political junkies KUAR is gradually rolling out its Arkansas Politics Blog.

You can expect to find expanded web versions of stories you hear on our newscasts, links and story highlights from elsewhere relevant to Arkansas, and a style of presentation that simply can't be manifested on the radio.