Fiscal Session Begins at State Capitol

The Arkansas General Assembly kicked off the fiscal session on Monday. Governor Hutchinson addressed the legislature about his priorities for the session, and he indicated his desire for the legislative task force on tax reform find a path to deliver an top-end income tax reduction from 6.9% to 6%. In a television interview over the weekend, Governor Hutchinson noted that a top priority for the session was advancing the private option medicaid program known as Arkansas Works. In the interview the Governor noted that he did not anticipate a special session to address any general legislative matters. He also made it known that in relation to a recent court decision granting sovereign immunity to state agencies that he did not want agencies to claim this decision in their defense without first getting approval from the Governor.

More below:
https://talkbusiness.net/2018/02/gov-hutchinson-outlines-path-to-passage-for-arkansas-works-offers-direction-on-sovereign-immunity/

http://www.thv11.com/news/local/-56-billion-budget-on-table-to-start-arkansas-fiscal-session/517642769

More from the Governor’s address to the legislature:
Governor Hutchinson Addresses 91st General Assembly
Proposes Reduction of Top Tax Rate from 6.9% to 6% in 2019 Session

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today delivered his State of the State address to the 91st General Assembly ahead of the fiscal session at the Arkansas State Capitol. In his speech, the Governor outlined the state’s successes since 2015 and laid out his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2019. In addition, he announced his intent to propose a reduction of Arkansas’s top marginal tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6.0 percent in the 2019 General Session. This announcement is a continuation of his commitment to reduce the tax burden on Arkansans, transform state government and spur economic development.

You can view the video of the Governor’s address HERE, and the manuscript of his speech HERE.

Photos from today can be downloaded HERE. If you are a member of the media, you are welcome to use these photos for publication, but please attribute all photos to the Governor’s Office.

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