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Arkansas Tourism Industry Making a Comeback

The Arkansas tourism industry is recovering from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on collections of the state two percent tourism tax, the industry now exceeds pre-pandemic levels of economic activity. However, other gauges of tourism indicate that fewer people are working at Arkansas hotels than in 2019.

Forward Arkansas to address a growing teacher shortage in Arkansas

The state Education Department has partnered with a non-profit organization called Forward Arkansas to address a growing teacher shortage in Arkansas.

Legislature Completed the 2022 Fiscal Session

The legislature completed the 2022 fiscal session in 23 days, approving a budget for state government that calls for spending about $6 billion in general revenue next year.

Certified Law Enforcement Officers will get a $5,000 Salary Stipend

Certified law enforcement officers will get a $5,000 salary stipend this year, thanks to a Senate bill approved by the Arkansas legislature.

Package of Bills to Allow Oversight of Public and State Employees Insurance Plans

The legislature approved a package of bills that allow greater oversight of two major health insurance plans that cover public school teachers and state employees.

Legislature completed the first week of the 2022 Fiscal Session

The legislature completed the first week of the 2022 fiscal session, approving budgets for numerous state agencies and advancing reforms of public health insurance systems.

Prison Overcrowding

For decades prison overcrowding has sparked a financial tug-of-war between the state and Arkansas counties.

State Police Unveil New Phone Number for Non-Emergencies

Arkansas motorists who wish to contact the State Police for non-emergency reasons can now call *ASP on their cell phones. Dialing *ASP is the same as dialing *277.

Rental Assistance Program Has Benefited Thousands of Arkansas Tenants

Last year Arkansas joined a rental assistance program to help people who have lost jobs or businesses from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

So far the state Department of Human Services (DHS) made 31,373 payments, totalling $64.6 million. The money helps people with rent and utility bills, so they do not have to move out of their home or have their lights turned off.

Family Case Workers to Try Team Approach

The state Division of Children and Family Services intends to try out a new method of intervention, by assigning cases to a team of workers instead of to an individual.

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