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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pursuing International investment
Posted Tuesday, July 29, at 1:56 PM
This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. ...

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Firewise continues to combat wildfires
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 9:55 AM

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise program. ...

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Trade missions important to Arkansas
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 9:44 AM

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new prospective employers, these trips can also produce more investments and new jobs for Arkansans...

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A milestone in veterans care
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 9:06 AM

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at VA hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solutions to fix medical-care failures and meet the needs of our veterans...

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Data coming in on Private Option health-insurance program
Posted Tuesday, June 3, at 3:36 PM

While we have been talking about Arkansas's Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it's actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can't otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment can live up to its potential...

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National cuts to the National Guard
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 9:40 AM

This winter, I spoke about the unified front demonstrated by our nation's governors over the worrisome matter of potential cuts to the National Guard. Cuts are planned over the next two years to reduce the size of the Guard nationwide from 350,000 to 335,000. This includes about 300 soldiers in Arkansas...

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Strength and recovery
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 5:19 PM

Last year, Arkansas had an unusually calm year for tornado activity. It was a nice reprieve, but we knew it wouldn't last. On the night of April 27, powerful storms tore through Central Arkansas. A high-end EF4 tornado devastated Mayflower and Vilonia, staying on the ground for more than 40 miles through three counties. Fifteen Arkansans lost their lives, making it the deadliest day for twisters in our State since the storms of March 1, 1997...

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Keeping pace with global competition
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 10:59 AM

The United States is a country built by exceptional achievements and a drive to always set the bar higher. However, in recent years, our national education system has not met those standards. The latest international educational survey was released late last year by the Program for International School Assessment. ...

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Tourism treasurers
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 2:39 PM

Throughout my time as Governor, we have seen many twists and turns in the national economy that have made their impact known in Arkansas. Throughout both the tumultuous and brighter times, I've been extremely pleased by the accomplishments of the Arkansas tourism industry. Its members have worked hard to promote Arkansas's unfailing hospitality and the many wonders our State has to offer...

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Rewarding educational excellence
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:19 PM

As part of our ongoing quest to improve educational outcomes, the State of Arkansas now provides financial awards to public schools for academic achievement, academic growth and high graduation rates. This motivational approach is called the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. ...

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Arkansas Grown program
Posted Tuesday, April 1, at 10:32 AM

Over the years, consumers have become increasingly health-conscious, as well as environmentally aware of farming practices. One of the results of this has been a monumental rise in demand for locally grown foods. In Arkansas alone, the number of farmers markets has nearly tripled in just the past decade...

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The private option passes
Posted Tuesday, March 11, at 3:15 PM

This week, after much debate and national attention, the General Assembly reauthorized funding for the Arkansas Private Option. I have now signed the bill into law, meaning that more than 100,000 Arkansans will keep their health insurance through at least June of 2015. Tens of thousands more will become eligible and insured, and hundreds of millions of federal dollars will continue flowing into Arkansas to the benefit of our State's economy...

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Farm families perservering
Posted Tuesday, February 11, at 4:30 PM

LITTLE ROCK -- Farming is a tough business, and it's one on which our very quality of life depends. Here in Arkansas, that's especially true, as agriculture is our largest industry, employing more than a quarter of a million people, and accounting for approximately one of every six jobs in our state...

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Proposed budget includes additional funding for prison beds
Posted Wednesday, February 5, at 4:21 PM

This week, I spoke at a meeting of Arkansas sheriffs. I speak annually to these dedicated law-enforcement leaders, who are charged with protecting our counties and citizens, including the most remote and rural parts of our State. Some of these sheriffs are distressed as they see their county jails at or near capacity because of a recent influx of state inmates. ...

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Still time for flu protection
Posted Tuesday, January 28, at 1:24 PM

Although temperatures have swung wildly this January, one thing has remained consistent in Arkansas: the lingering flu season. While we always emphasize the importance of vaccinating children and the elderly, this year, an unusually high number of young and middle-aged adults are falling ill...

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Budget decisions ahead
Posted Tuesday, January 21, at 11:55 AM

The members of the Arkansas General Assembly return to the Capitol in February for the 2014 Fiscal Session. This will be the third such session since voters changed the Arkansas Constitution in the 2008 election. Only budget bills are considered when the Legislature convenes, making it a quicker and less expensive undertaking than the regular sessions that occur in odd-numbered years...

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More improvement needed
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 12:48 PM

For years now, our state's leaders in multiple fields of expertise have called for more Arkansans to earn college degrees. In 2011, I urged our State to meet a tangible goal: to double the number of Arkansans graduating with a four-year degree. We have made progress, but we need to accelerate that progress to ensure that more Arkansans can take advantages of opportunities before them...

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A new election year
Posted Tuesday, January 7, at 3:27 PM

The beginning of 2014 marks the start of another election year, although modern election cycles seem to run beyond any 12-month calendar. This also begins my last year in political office, a career that started with the 1982 election when I ran unopposed for the State Senate. Much has changed in Arkansas politics in the 32 years since then, but two realities remain true: we still need good people to stand for office and serve, and Arkansas campaigning remains a directly personal effort...

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Progress in fighting hunger
Posted Monday, December 30, at 2:34 PM

One of the pleasures of the holiday season comes from the joy we witness on the faces of children. However, we are also reminded of the children throughout Arkansas and America who do not lead happy, healthy lives. More than 24 percent of children in this state are uncertain whether they will have enough to eat on a regular basis. But our work never stops to improve the health of Arkansas's children, and we end 2013 with positive news about our efforts...

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Saluting the service of the Arkansas National Guard
Posted Monday, December 23, at 1:50 PM

Ten years ago, during my first year as Attorney General, I spent a fall morning at the Port of Little Rock. There I watched as members of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade loaded up gear for their first deployment to Iraq. Speaking with them, it was obvious that some were anxious, others eager, and most were unsure of what exactly to expect. ...

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