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Senator Ballinger Wants to Cancel Raises for Arkansas Workers

Senator wants to stop the minimum wage for workers at schools and people under 18 The minimum-wage increase passed by more than two-thirds of Arkansas voters in the November election would be partially undone by legislation filed Wednesday by state Sen. Bob Ballinger, a Republican.   Democrats on Wednesday quickly denounced the plan as an effort to sidestep voters. “It …

Democrats Make a Splash on First Two Days of the General Session

Democrats already showing they are ready to get to work. Our lawmakers started out the 92nd General Assembly by putting forward a positive vision for the session. Their agenda includes quality pre-K, supporting rural roads, and tax relief focused on the middle class – not just the wealthy.   Democrats in the Arkansas Legislature responded to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s State …

New Year, Same Asa. Thousands More Arkansans Lose Insurance Coverage.

Now 18,100 Arkansans have lost health coverage… Yesterday as Asa Hutchinson was sworn into for his second term as governor, his state Department of Human Services reported that an additional 1,200 Arkansans have lost coverage through Arkansas Works, the state’s Medicaid Expansion program. More than 1,200 people were kicked off the state’s Medicaid program this month for failing to meet the …

Republicans Now Own the Longest Shutdown in U.S. History

Wow. What was it all for?     The House broke for the weekend Friday, all but ensuring that the partial government shutdown would become the longest in U.S. history, while President Trump continued his efforts to sway public opinion on the need for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Democratic-led House held its final votes of the week Friday, including …

Asa’s Tax Trick: Raise Taxes for the Poor to Give to the Rich

Just in from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette…     In its current form, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed income tax cut plan would increase net state income taxes for roughly 200,000 taxpayers by more than $30 million a year, a state finance department official said Thursday. Read more of reporter Michael Wickline’s coverage at the Dem-Gaz website >>>   Max Brantley offers …

Eric Higgins Takes Office As First Black Sheriff of Pulaski County

Arkansas’s Largest County Welcomes New Sheriff Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins has already gotten to work for Arkansas’s largest county. He comes into the office as the first African-American in the county’s history.   Higgins noted that he was taking on the role exactly 200 years after the Pulaski County sheriff’s office was formed. The longtime lawman said he planned …

Arkansas Democrats to Address the State After Governor Hutchinson

Join us as we show Arkansas that we are ready to do the work. The Democratic Party of Arkansas will hold its Democratic Address to Arkansas following Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Inaugural Address. The Democratic Address will outline the State Party’s vision and priorities heading into the upcoming legislative session. WHAT: Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Michael John Gray, along with …