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Arkansas in Critical Period for Controlling Spread of Coronavirus

The next few weeks will determine whether Arkansas moves forward or backward on the way to re-opening businesses.

Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program

The Arkansas Ready for Business Grant Program has been established by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and is designed to assist businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Senators Urge Arkansas Officials to Open Arkansas UP Again

Senator Bob Ballinger of Berryville and 14 other state senators on Friday commended the governor and public health officials, and assured them that Arkansas citizens would take the precautions necessary for opening businesses again.

Restrictions on Businesses Being Loosened With Great Caution

When Arkansas makes it past the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, restrictions on businesses and social interactions will be loosened carefully, always with the goal in mind to prevent a second wave of the pandemic.

Legislature Completes 2020 Fiscal Session

The legislature completed the 2020 fiscal session in record time, approving a balanced budget that funds state government spending of $5.68 billion.

93rd General Assembly President Pro Tempore

Senator Jimmy Hickey, Jr. was elected President Pro Tempore of the Arkansas Senate for the 93rd General Assembly in 2021 and 2022. 

2020 Fiscal Presents Difficult Challenges for Legislature

The sudden and severe economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus means that the 2020 fiscal session will be the most difficult one for legislators since Arkansas voters first voted to establish fiscal sessions 12 years ago.

Legislature Creates COVID-19 Reserve Fund

The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

State Streamlines Process for Drawing Unemployment Insurance

To cushion the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on working families, the state has streamlined the process of applying for unemployment insurance.

Pay Raises Proposed for HDC Direct Care Staff

Pay raises have been proposed for direct care employees at the state’s five centers for people with multiple disabilities.

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