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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
Rewarding Educational Excellence
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 10:15 AM
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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Our Underground Infrastructure
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 9:18 AM

Last week, we marked the one-year anniversary of the detrimental Pegasus pipeline breach in Mayflower. The pipeline, owned by a subsidiary of Exxon-Mobil, ruptured and spilled more than 200,000 gallons of heavy crude oil. This oil seeped into a neighborhood subdivision, lake, drainage ditches and a cove near Lake Conway...

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Arkansas Grown
Posted Thursday, April 3, at 9:28 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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Feeding Our Future
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 10:05 AM

I've always said that state government's top priorities are the protection and the education of its people. And one of the simplest ways to improve our students' academic performance is to make sure they've had breakfast. Unfortunately, Arkansas has a high rate of hunger, and preventing childhood hunger is not an easy task. ...

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Being Firewise, Statwide
Posted Thursday, March 20, at 9:12 AM

Already this year, wildfire activity is surging in Arkansas. And because of unusually low humidity levels, we continue to be at higher risk of these unpredictable and dangerous blazes. Fortunately, our communities and local fire departments work hard to mitigate and prevent wildfires. ...

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Private Option Was Approved
Posted Thursday, March 13, at 10:12 AM

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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Protecting Those Who Protect Us
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 9:05 AM

This past weekend, I participated in my final winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. These meetings allow governors to come together to share ideas and discuss issues that our states face collectively. As you might expect, other governors approached me about the ground we have broken on health care in Arkansas, both with our Payment Improvement Initiative and with the Arkansas Private Option...

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Good Results From Healthcare Payment Reform
Posted Thursday, February 27, at 9:01 AM

Discussions at the Capitol have centered around the Arkansas Private Option these past two weeks. However, our State's other major health-care initiative, created before the Affordable Care Act, continues to produce impressive results. When Arkansas's innovative plan to lower health-care costs and improve the quality of care began in 2012, it was already the object of national attention. ...

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Agents of Change and Equality
Posted Thursday, February 20, at 10:01 AM

Fifty years ago, Congress passed what has been called one of the most important laws of the 20th century. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended the era of legal segregation in public places like hotels and restaurants. It was a historic moment of progress that marked dramatic change in our nation. But we know that, even though we no longer live with the blatant discrimination of the past, our work is still not complete...

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How Health Care Policy Impacts Prisons
Posted Thursday, February 6, at 10:51 AM

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 Thursday, January 30, at 10:33 AM

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 Thursday, January 23, at 9:29 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 Wednesday, January 15, at 4:09 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 Thursday, January 9, at 12:11 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 Thursday, January 2, at 2:44 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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Closer to Home for Christmas
Posted Thursday, December 26, at 10:54 AM

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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A Stronger Healthcare Infrastructure
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 9:19 AM

Over the years, investments in the infrastructure of Arkansas's health-care system have improved its quality and extended its reach. This past week alone, I participated in celebrations for three new projects that will give Arkansans easier access to better care. At a time when more of our people are getting health insurance, it's exciting to see the advancements that Arkansas is making to provide health care that is accessible and affordable...

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State Reacts to Winter Weather
Posted Thursday, December 12, at 9:29 AM

Once again, we are seeing the wild weather swings in Arkansas that often mark the late weeks of fall. With our State getting its first full taste of winter this week, I want to recap how inclement conditions are handled in state government. We always strive for a careful balance between preserving the services your tax dollars pay for while also protecting the safety and well-being of our state employees...

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Setting Our Mega-Sites
Posted Thursday, December 5, at 8:32 AM

Arkansas must use every available tool at our disposal to highlight our state's economic advantages in a competitive global marketplace. Companies looking to call Arkansas home need and want easy access to the information that can immediately place us in contention for potential projects. By identifying the right sites, we demonstrate to major employers that Arkansas can handle large industrial development rapidly...

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Thankful For More Than We Know
Posted Thursday, November 28, at 9:18 AM

November is a month particularly focused on gratitude. Whether giving thanks for our families, friends, veterans or God's providence, we reflect on the people and gifts that enrich our lives. This November has revealed some especially poignant reminders of the achievements and sacrifices of our fellow Arkansans and other Americans...

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Gov. Mike Beebe (D) was first elected to the position in 2007 after serving in the statehouse. Born in Amagon, Arkansas, in 1946, the Governor earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968, and completed law school at the University of Arkansas in 1972, while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. The parents of three adult children, Governor Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have worked together to improve children's health and literacy throughout the State and have been recognized for their leadership in fighting childhood hunger.
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