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Gubernatorial hopefuls meet in North Little Rock forum

Republican, Democrat find accord on health coverage

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson said Monday they each want to protect the ARKids First health insurance program for children, and Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, and use state and federal funds for quality after-school and summer school programs.

2 state pension systems log gains

Two of the state's smaller retirement systems reported their investment returns for the past fiscal year, with one for highway employees hitting 16.2 percent and another for the judicial branch earning 8.23 percent, according to their officials.

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State says casinos amendment to cut 3-year tax revenue

Estimate pegged to proposal’s lower rate for 2 racetracks, 2022 openings

State government would receive $36 million less in tax revenue in each of the next two fiscal years if voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to license four casinos, according to estimates by the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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State lottery intake a July record, not so with scholarships cash

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery set a July record in revenue collections, but the amount raised for college scholarships was the third-lowest for a July in its nine years of operations.

Nearly 10,000 with suspended licenses in state to get them back in child-support deal

Nearly 10,000 people whose driver's licenses are suspended for failing to pay child support will get their licenses back if they reach agreement to resume payments under a new program this month.

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Democrat running for Arkansas governor outlines teacher salary plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson said Thursday that he wants to boost the state's minimum teacher salary of $31,800 a year by 10 percent, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, and then by 3.6 percent in each of the subsequent nine years.

Hutchinson aide to return as Senate leader's assistant

A former aide to Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang is back in the Senate, working for Dismang's successor.

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State treasurer reports $77.2M in earnings

The state treasury earned $77.2 million in interest on its investments of more than $3 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30 -- up from $57.6 million in the previous fiscal year -- Treasurer Dennis Milligan told the state Board of Finance on Wednesday.

State task force rates tax-cut plans, picks a favorite, 2 runners-up

A legislative task force's favorite plan to cut individual income taxes is a proposal to reduce the state's tax tables from three to one and lower the tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6.5 percent for people making more than $80,000 a year.

Adviser details tax-cut scenarios; effects on state economy, population draw task force look

A consultant for the Legislature's tax-overhaul task force said Monday that if state government spending reductions are used entirely to finance an income tax cut, the state's economy and population will shrink as a result.