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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue of $44.7M is record for a December

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in December reached $44.7 million and exceeded the previous record for the month, set in 2009, the first year of ticket sales.

Arkansas Tech also cages tuition

School joins governor-requested freeze for in-state charge

Arkansas Tech University intends to comply with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to freeze in-state tuition at current levels in the coming school year, Arkansas Tech President Robin Bowen said Friday.

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System chiefs vow UA, ASU tuition freezes

Will adhere to governor’s request, they tell legislators

The four-year universities in the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are committed to abiding by Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to freeze in-state tuition at existing levels in the next school year, the presidents of the two systems told lawmakers Thursday.

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State lawmakers question decision on school funding

A handful of state lawmakers on Wednesday raised questions about Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to reduce his proposed budget's reliance on general revenue in the coming fiscal year to fund an adequate education for public school students.

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Hutchinson lays out $5.63B state budget; colleges asked to freeze in-state tuition

Spending up $173M, mostly for Medicaid

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday pitched to legislators a $5.63 billion spending plan for next fiscal year that would be nearly $173 million more than the current general revenue budget, with most of the new money devoted to the state's Medicaid program.

Arkansas legislators shedding tax-redo consultant

The Legislature's tax overhaul task force Monday voted to terminate a contract with its Pennsylvania-based consultant after one of the panel's leaders said the task force will "go in a different direction" and rely on government staffs.

State fiscal '19 budget focus as hearings start

Medicaid expansion money remains wild card

State lawmakers will convene this week to hold hearings on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed budget for next fiscal year with some uncertainty about whether there's enough support in their ranks to reauthorize the use of federal and state money for the state's Medicaid expansion.

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State fiscal '19 budget focus as hearings start

Medicaid expansion funds a wild card

State lawmakers will convene this week to hold hearings on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed budget for next fiscal year with some uncertainty about whether there's enough support in their ranks to reauthorize the use of federal and state funds for the state's Medicaid expansion.

Casino plan for Arkansas proposed to benefit roads

A private group on Friday proposed a constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to issue licenses for up to three casinos in Arkansas, with most of the taxes on gambling profits going to roads.

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State racks up biggest December for revenue

Bolstered by increased collection of individual income taxes and sales and use taxes, state general revenue in December increased by nearly 10 percent over the same month a year ago to a record-setting $589.4 million.