Sunday, November 29, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas schools this fall have seen a drop in enrollment of about 6,428 students.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the state, the Arkansas Department of Health reminds Arkansans that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you.
Merry Christmas Y’all! We hope you all have safe travels and enjoy this Christmas season.
Friday, November 13, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The state is helping people who have trouble paying their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Veterans live and work in every community of Arkansas.We are their friends, their family, their co-workers, and their neighbors. It is up to us to ensure that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
In the 2019 Regular Session, the General Assembly made the first effort to reorganize state government in 50 years. We are now seeing the results of that effort through millions in savings.
LITTLE ROCK – The Legislative Council approved spending $48.5 million in federal relief money to fund a grant program that will help tourism-related businesses adversely affected by the pandemic.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
November is here, and you know what November is right? It’s Thanksgiving!!! Gobble till you Wobble! Please stop and give Thanks for all things you have and do not have for it makes you who you are. We hope you have safe travels and enjoy loved ones this year!
Saturday, October 24, 2020
At the end of the ballot, far below the names of all the politicians we’ve learned to love or hate through social media or non-stop advertising are important voter questions that change our state Constitution and shape government policy for generations.
Friday, October 23, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature has begun budget hearings, in preparation for the regular session that begins in January.
LITTLE ROCK – Monday was the first day for early voting, and today I’d like to talk about what will be on the ballot.
October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for early detection and lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancer.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Decisions regarding our state budget show the priorities we make as a state. The budget-making process has a direct impact on everything from classrooms to health care.
LITTLE ROCK – In this year’s election, Arkansas voters will determine the outcome of three proposed amendments to the state Constitution.
Friday, October 09, 2020
For every dollar of general revenue coming into the state, 41 percent is spent on K-12 public schools. Approximately, half of all school district revenues come from the state. Our current process of determining the amount of state funding for our schools goes back to 2003. The Public School …
LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas legislators approved using $165 million in federal relief funds to shore up the state unemployment insurance trust fund.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Health care workers have long been regarded as some of our nation’s most critical and courageous servants. During this time of challenges and uncertainty, this has never been more accurate. Each day, our health care professionals make tireless sacrifices to serve and protect our country, eve…
LITTLE ROCK – Census workers across Arkansas will be knocking on doors until the end of September in a last-ditch effort to make sure that as many people as possible get counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered online activity in our state. More Arkansans are working remotely, learning through distance education, using telehealth, and attending online church services.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – County clerks are preparing for a sharp increase in the number of absentee ballots that they expect to be turned in for the November 3 general election.
With more Arkansans working and learning remotely in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the issue of broadband access has become increasingly relevant.
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Now that in-person instruction has resumed in Arkansas schools, it is more important than ever to have an adequate level of COVID-19 testing.Without extensive testing, health experts cannot determine the level of community spread or give a reliable forecast.
We hope you have a safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas legislators approved a plan to add $300 a week to unemployment benefits, to extend the extra benefits available during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The Transportation Department is upgrading its web site to make it easier for Arkansas drivers to follow the progress of highway construction projects.
Beginning in-person school again in Arkansas is not easy. A lot has changed since March 2020. Everyone has a lot of questions.
Monday, August 17, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – More than 28,000 Arkansas residents work in the forest products industry, cutting trees, producing paper and pulp, manufacturing furniture and shipping wood products across the world.
With children headed back to school this month, now is the perfect time for many families to get caught up on immunizations. The summer of 2020 may be more critical than previous summers, as there is a concern that immunizations have declined in recent months due to the pandemic.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
This week, our country celebrates the 30th anniversary of the most sweeping civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.
The library system is hoping to be open soon so keep an eye out on our Facebook pages to see when we actually do open. I have word that the glass will be in July 27.
LITTLE ROCK – The average debt that a student incurs to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arkansas is almost $2,000 less than the national average.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Arkansans who may have concerns about going to the polls this November while the health crisis continues can make plans now to ensure their vote counts.
Friday, July 17, 2020
This week, the Education Secretary Johnny Key made a presentation to the House and Senate Education Committee about the Arkansas Ready for Learning initiative. Ready for Learning is a planning and guidance document created to serve as a game plan for district and school administrators as the…
LITTLE ROCK — The number of Arkansas children in foster care continued to go down last year, after reaching an all-time high in 2016 and prompting dramatic measures from elected officials to improve the state’s child welfare system.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
As the state began a new fiscal year this week, we received some good news about the state budget.
LITTLE ROCK – During the upcoming school year, local districts will have flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances created by the outbreak of the coronavirus, thanks to a set of waivers adopted by the state Board of Education during a special meeting.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Millions of small businesses across America have been impacted by COVID-19, and Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist them through the crisis. As of May 23, 40,329 Arkansas businesses had received a total of $3,286,789,662 in PPP funds. These businesses have been a…
Memorial Day will be different this year. The threat of the coronavirus will limit the large gatherings of people who typically come together at ceremonies.
LITTLE ROCK – In June the Senate Education Committee will hear a report on the effect that public schools have seen due to the recent widespread requests for waivers from education standards.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic could be a source of stress, fear, or anxiety for many Arkansans. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a good time to remind Arkansans of the resources available to help during this time.
LITTLE ROCK – Disruptions in the food supply chain affect more than the quantity of products on the grocery store shelves. They have forced Arkansas cattlemen and farmers to make financial decisions today that will affect the supply and demand of food over the coming months and years.
Friday, May 15, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is gradually opening up businesses and public activities, under careful monitoring by public health officials to avoid bringing on a second wave of the coronavirus.
Since the beginning of this health emergency, more than 60,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Arkansas.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed the 2020 fiscal session in record time, approving a balanced budget that funds state government spending of $5.68 billion.
While we are facing difficult and uncertain times, Arkansans should know that essential services in state government will continue.
Friday, April 10, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas state parks will be open only during the daytime, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among dense gatherings of visitors at trailheads and campsites, state officials announced.
The 2020 Fiscal Session is scheduled to begin April 8 at noon.
Saturday, April 04, 2020
This week, the House convened for an Extraordinary Session to address the urgent funding needs in our state created by the COVID-19 crisis.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.