State Panelists Endorse $3.7M in Requests

Written by  Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat Gazette June 24, 2021 The steering committee appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to recommend the best uses of $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds endorsed requests totaling $3.7 million from the departments of corrections, transformation and public safety. Arkansas’ 15-member CARES Act steering committee — appointed by […]

The Arkansas State Board of Finance Meeting

The Board of Finance meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 29th at 9:30 a.m. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://arkansas-gov.zoom.us/j/87898280709?pwd=S2Vqa1lQY1FDaXdrQ1FzcEppMS9pZz09 Meeting ID: 878 9828 0709Passcode: 364407One tap mobile+13017158592,,87898280709# US (Washington DC)+13126266799,,87898280709# US (Chicago) Dial by your location        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)        […]

Funds for Insurance Plan for Public Schools in Arkansas Debated

Written by: Mike Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Some state Board of Finance members on Tuesday contemplated asking the Legislative Council for more money to put into the health insurance plan for public schools next year beyond the $35 million the council authorized on Friday. But the board stopped short of giving a recommendation to state lawmakers […]

State Board of Finance on Public School Employee Health Insurance

Written by Max Brantley, Arkansas Times The state Board of Finance took up today the question of dealing with a $70 million shortfall expected next year in the public school employee health insurance program. It heard a variety of ideas about addressing the shortfall and was encouraged to consider a motion for the legislature to […]

Schools’ Coverage In Need, State Told

Written by Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette June 18, 2021 The Arkansas Education Association’s executive director on Thursday called on lawmakers to tap $70 million of the state’s general revenue surplus to shore up the public school health insurance plan so as not to increase the costs to employees and retirees next year. The insurance […]

TSS DIS Grant Smith Named in 2021 Class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

Written by Arkansas Business Grant Smith’s career took a detour early on. Fresh out of school and with few options, he had been working in information technology for the Texarkana, Arkansas, School District when the superintendent walked out of a meeting one day and asked him to teach. Two years later, Smith got back on […]

Some Arkansas Teachers Protesting Possible Changes To Teacher Insurance Plans

Written by Noah Delashaw, Jay Bir June 17, 2021 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  The Arkansas Public School Employee insurance plan may be changed soon to try and handle a $70M deficit but some teachers aren’t happy with the proposed changes. Hosea Born is a teacher in the Hope School District and he said it feels like […]

State Worker Pay Tweak Backed

Written by Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette June 17, 2021A committee recommended Wednesday that the Legislative Council approved a proposed new pay grid for the executive branch departments’ lower-paid employees in response to high turnover rates in their ranks and an inability to recruit and retain these employees. If all departments implement the proposed salary […]

The Arkansas State Board of Finance Meeting

The Board of Finance meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 22nd at 9:30 a.m. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://arkansas-gov.zoom.us/j/89638277562?pwd=N1dlUE9kWG1vQXB4OFdHWkVkYngvUT09 Meeting ID: 896 3827 7562Passcode: 745637One tap mobile+13017158592,,89638277562# US (Washington DC)+13126266799,,89638277562# US (Chicago) Dial by your location        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)        […]

Arkansas governor forms cyberattack advisory council

Written By Brett Rains, 40/29 News. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Through executive order, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Tuesday the formation of the Arkansas Cybersecurity Advisory Council.Advertisement Citing recent cyber and ransomware attacks across the country, Hutchinson said the attacks highlighted potential vulnerabilities in online platforms including those for state agencies. The council will make […]