Work requirement drops another 4,100 Arkansans from Medicaid in October

In a report released Monday, the state Department of Human Services said it had terminated the health insurance of another 4,109 individuals due to Governor Hutchinson's work requirement for certain beneficiaries of Arkansas Works, the state's Medicaid expansion program for low-income adults. Those people are now barred from Arkansas Works until Jan. 1.

Governor: Youth lockups will return to private operator next year

On Monday, Governor Hutchinson announced seven juvenile treatment and correctional facilities taken over by the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Jan. 1 will be placed back in private control as soon as next July. By the end of the year, the governor said, the state will issue a solicitation for one or more contractors to operate the youth lockups, with the winner or winners likely to be announced in March.

Voucher-like bill passes with ease in Senate

A controversial bill that would establish education savings accounts to be used at parents' discretion to fund private school and other education costs passed in a 22-5 vote in the Arkansas Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 746 and its predecessor, House Bill…

Amended education savings accounts bill gains support of governor, advances in House committee

A bill that would establish education savings accounts to be used at parents' discretion to fund private school and other education costs passed in a 11-5 vote in the House Education Committee Tuesday. An earlier version of the bill also passed the committee last week, but the bill was amended to decrease its fiscal impact and gain Governor Hutchinson's support.

Governor’s Arkansas Future grant proposal fails to pass committee

Governor Hutchinson's proposal to create a grant that would pay for tuition and fees for students at Arkansas community or technical colleges failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a 4-4 vote Wednesday. The committee's three Democrats voted against the bill, along with one Republican. It needed five votes to advance.

Rival tax relief plans clear House committee

Both Governor Hutchinson’s tax cut for low-income earners and an alternative low-income tax relief bill calling for an Earned Income Tax Credit advanced on a voice vote in the House Revenue and Tax committee Thursday at the state Capitol. Both…

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