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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Firewise Continues to Battle Wildfires
Posted Wednesday, July 16, at 5:33 PM
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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European Opportunities
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 9:19 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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Calling In The Legislature
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 8:57 AM

I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January. But before I issued this call, I wanted legislators to be certain that a special session would be completed in three days. ...

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A Milestone In Veteran's Care
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 9:33 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 The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at V.A. hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solutions to fix medical-care failures and meet the needs of our veterans...

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New Jobs Across Arkansas
Posted Thursday, June 19, at 5:21 PM

Because of a recent wave of economic development announcements, Arkansas has a lot to celebrate. In the past few weeks alone, six businesses have revealed plans that collectively add more than 1,600 jobs and $140 million in investments throughout the State...

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Keeping Arkansas Beautiful For 25 Years
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 9:52 AM

On June 13, 1989, Governor Bill Clinton signed an executive order creating the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. It began as a statewide litter-prevention and recycling initiative. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown significantly while working with communities statewide, helping them become stewards of their local environments...

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Healthy Results
Posted Thursday, June 5, at 9:25 AM

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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Standing to Volunteer
Posted Thursday, May 29, at 9:40 AM

Since the founding of our democracy, the ideal of community service has been an integral part of our national character. As Thomas Jefferson said, "A debt of service is due from every man to his country proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him." Time and time again, our leaders have called on us to meet this challenge. And always, Americans stand ready to offer their help...

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A Promise That Still Delivers
Posted Friday, May 23, at 10:30 AM

College costs have risen four times faster than the annual rate of inflation in recent decades. No one is more aware of this than today's students and their parents. Sticker shock, mixed with the daunting class loads of college, can cause some students to consider forgoing higher education...

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National Cut to the National Guard
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 9:35 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 Thursday, May 8, at 9:08 AM

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 27th, 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 1st, 1997...

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Keeping Pace with Global Competition
Posted Wednesday, April 30, at 2:43 PM

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 Treasures
Posted Wednesday, April 23, at 4:45 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 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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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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