The next few weeks will determine whether Arkansas moves forward or backward on the way to re-opening businesses.
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.
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.
Budget Hearings Begin in Preparation of Fiscal Session
The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2020 Fiscal Session, which convenes on April 8 and is scheduled to last a month.
Expansion of Computer Science Classes is an Arkansas Success Story
An Arkansas success story that is attracting national attention is the expansion of computer science classes in public schools over the past five years.
Legislators Begin Thorough Review of Highway Projects and Financing
Last year the legislature voted to conduct an extensive review of the operations of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, to identify areas where improvements could be made.