When I was running for governor in 2014, I promised to cut our income taxes by $100 million. With the support of the General Assembly, we not only kept that promise, but over the course of the past five years, we have reduced our income taxes by over $250 million each year. 

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Nowadays, not everyone can keep up with the new technology such as cell phones, computers, and cars. They now contain all kinds of automation.

The Legislative Council endorsed a plan for two southeast Arkansas counties to contract with a private company to build and operate a 600-bed prison.

One of the new laws which took effect this week may reduce the number of uninsured motorists on Arkansas roads.

Late last year, Congress took a historic, critical step toward expanding access to higher education and supporting the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). In December, bipartisan legislation was approved and signed into law …

The holidays are a magical time at the State Capitol. Lights illuminate the exterior at night, the halls are draped with garland, and school choirs from across the state serenade us with carols throughout the day.

 Canada and Mexico continue to be the top destinations for Arkansas exports, according to the 2019 report by the World Trade Center of the University of Arkansas.

This week, I attended the memorial service for Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

More than 2,000 people attended a series of meetings that the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Retirement held in 11 cities across Arkansas earlier this fall.

Monthly revenue reports help to give us a picture of the state’s economy.  The reports show us if Arkansans are making more, spending more, and if businesses are doing well. Recent reports have created an optimistic outlook.

The good news I announced at the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention this week comes after a difficult twelve months for Arkansas farmers.

Waldron Nursing Center is really looking festive especially with all of the Resident door decorating by different staff who are competing in the door decorating contest. We certainly have some very creative people. The residents are really enjoying seeing all of the different doors that have…

Life without foundation is like life without direction. Therefore, foundation is a must and an essential in life in order to reach our goal and be successful.

 Showing consideration is kindness and thoughtful regard for others, or an act of thoughtfulness. Treating others the way you want to be treated is one example of consideration. When we are considerate of others, it makes the person concerned feel loved and respected. It makes the world a be…

The legislature created the Arkansas Trauma System 10 years ago, with passage of Act 393 of 2009.

Typically when a bill is passed in the state legislature, if it does not have an emergency clause, it will take effect 90 days after we adjourn.  But there are occasions when a specific date is written into the bill.  This year, we passed several bills that will take effect January 1, 2020. …

An Arkansan you probably don’t know about was responsible for a lot of the turkey that made it to the Thanksgiving table a hundred-twenty years ago.

Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.

The chance to renew the state’s half-cent sales tax to pay for highway upkeep will be the most important issue on the ballot next year, and today I’d like to talk about why I supported the legislation that will allow us to vote on Issue One.

I have been in Asia this week, and as I wrap up our visit to Japan, I’d like to talk about the significance of our relationship with the country known as the Land of the Rising Sun.

Arkansas is home to over 219,000 Veterans. They live and work in every community throughout our state.

Adequately funding public schools is one of the most complex, time-consuming and important duties of the legislature.

What does it mean to work hard? Well, we’d work hard for something we believe in. We’d work hard for something we’ve thought and planned for, that will lead us to happiness, success or a well-being. This is my personal definition of hard work: Working intelligently and vigorously at a given …

On Monday morning, House members were informed of the passing of one of our fellow representatives.

The past ten days have been filled with significant economic development news for Arkansas, and I’d like to share some of that today.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board heard a disappointing report about the continuing decline in the number of Arkansas high school graduates who go on to college.

The FLU season is here. On top of having flu shot, there is one natural simple but effective way that I like to share with you to prevent catching cold/flu or helping with it. My wife got a flu shot each year, but she still caught Flu three years ago and never get one ever since. I tried thi…

The state’s child welfare agency has improved its performance over the past three years and continues to make progress, according to its most recent annual report.

The Buffalo National River is 153 miles of Arkansas wilderness and great memories, and today I’d like to share some thoughts about why we must be diligent in protecting it.

Childhood obesity is a serious problem across the country. Surveys indicate 1 in 5 children are now obese.

The moment we were born, there is the moment we all have to leave this world unless someday someone comes up with something that will prolong our human lives forever. Most, if not all, people don’t like to talk about death and don’t want to die soon either. We have to admit and accept the fa…

Earlier this month the state Crime Lab opened a new facility in Lowell, in northwest Arkansas.

On average, an Arkansan with a bachelor’s degree will earn $700,000 more in a 30 year career than those who drop out of college.  The gap climbs to $1.5 million for those with a doctorate.

When I took office in 2015, our child-welfare and foster-care system was in urgent need of improvement, and today I’d like to discuss the tremendous progress we’ve made on behalf of the children of Arkansas.

The annual report cards for Arkansas public schools has been released by the state Education Department, and they show improvement over last year.

Arkansas’s timber industry contributes $6.4 billion to our economy, and today I’d like to talk about the many benefits of the forests to our state and also the effect of the ongoing trade war.

A 2017 study titled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” published by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, reported that 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the previous school year.

There are millions and millions of things that people can be nice to one another and they are free of charge. One good example is to greet people with a friendly smile with people we know or people we don’t know. How about work together as a team to accomplish our goal. Many simple things ca…

Standing by himself, he tugged at his clothing trying somehow to just disappear. Abandoned and alone, fear choked out faith and depression robbed him of reason. He had fled a defeated foe and was hiding from an imagined fate. He was running from the Queen. The prophet of old was hiding in a cave.

This is an interesting title and topic, and you might be wondering what I am going to write about... well, I am talking about a small town like WALDRON of Scott County.  90 to 95% of people know each other more or less in small towns. People are very friendly and nice to one another. Yes, th…

Last flu season, 113 influenza related deaths were reported in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), 71% of the adults who died were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history.

The state Board of Correction has voted to pursue an agreement with Bradley and Drew Counties in southeast Arkansas to set up a private prison.

In 2016 in Arkansas, a total of 2,226 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 400 women died from the disease.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and today I’d like to talk about the progress we’ve made and about the opportunities the scholarships have provided for many of our young people.

Whenever I hear the song, “What a wonderful world!” on the radio by Louis Armstrong, my heart just bursts. The song’s lyrics has a very powerful meaning. No one can deny that the song is a classic and is sung by a legendary singer. However, when I think about what is happening around the wor…

Tourism in Arkansas grew at a healthy rate last year, whether it’s measured in total spending or how many people visited the state or how many jobs are supported by the travel industry.

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.