January 29, 2015

State News

Panel advances Medicaid proposal

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion structure through 2016 advanced to a Senate vote Wednesday, as lawmakers rejected a bid to abolish the program by this year's end.

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Lawmakers reject removing Lee from King holiday

LITTLE ROCK -- A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day was rejected by lawmakers Wednesday after opponents said the move would belittle Southern heritage.

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Lawmakers rethinking capital gains tax proposal

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle-class tax cut package to roll back its proposed repeal of a $21 million capital gains tax break that lawmakers approved two years ago, the chairman of the House panel considering the measure said Monday.

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Questions still surround future of state Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK -- While Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made it clear he wants to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion in place through the end of next year, what's less certain is what happens after that for the thousands receiving health coverage through the program.

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Ark. Senate committee advances tax-cut plan

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign promise to reduce income taxes for thousands of middle-class residents advanced to a Senate vote Wednesday, after lawmakers amended the proposal to repeal a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

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