There have emerged two problems with an effort by the city of Fort Smith to raise $89,000 through hikes in alcohol permits and fees as part of a plan to help offset $1.425 million in city employee raises. The first is that the plan may raise less than expected.
Rep. Jon Eubanks of Paris and Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville were some of the several legislators from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas to receive House leadership positions in the newly sworn-in 2015 General Assembly.
The U.S. House of Representatives, including all four members of the state’s House delegation, voted Friday to approve a pipeline project that supporters say will create jobs while opponents have argued environmental concerns.
The leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate hope the Legislature takes quick action on Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson’s middle class tax cut and on the private option, and both say there is little interest in the Legislature for building a $100 million prison.
A light agenda gave way to a spirited town hall session at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, and there was one main topic on everyone’s mind: a consent decree that could end up tripling the sewer volume usage charge on monthly water department bills by 2026.
Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and soon-to-be First Lady Susan Hutchinson held their first two pre-inauguration events in their “home” regions of Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, with the Gov.-elect using the events to announce top appointments and speak about his future role as the state’s chief ex
Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Wendy Kelley as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). Kelley is the chief deputy director of ADC, a position she has held since January of 2014. She is the first female to hold the role of ADC director.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the agreement with the city of Fort Smith will over the next 12 years cost $255 million “plus the cost of routine operation and maintenance.” That’s a big “plus,” which is to say it’s in the neighborhood of another $225 million.
Former two-term Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday that he was ending his cable television show to look at a possible run for the White House next year. He made the announcement during the “Huckabee” show on the Fox News Channel.
Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will conduct a national search for the next Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director and will ask for legislative authority allowing the independent foundation supporting AEDC to supplement that official’s salary, Hutchinson announced in a press confer