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Two Final Budgets
Posted Thursday, November 20, at 10:25 AM
During my last year in office, I have visited many annual events and celebrated many annual traditions with a sense of nostalgia. At each of these occasions, I was acutely aware that it was my last time there as governor. This week brought my final visit to the legislature's Joint Budget Committee. My history, in this case, far eclipses my time as governor. I was deeply involved in budget negotiations throughout my 20 years in the State Senate, as well the past eight years as governor...

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Time for Transition
Posted Thursday, November 13, at 8:52 AM

With the 2014 campaigns and elections now behind us, the focus of state government shifts to transition. I have begun meeting with Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson to talk about both the work of being governor and the operations of this office. The departments within my office have prepared transition documents to help the incoming administration prepare for the duties and services provided by this governor's office. ...

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Granting Chances
Posted Thursday, November 6, at 10:54 AM

When our communities have the proper workforce in place for the 21st-century economy, we have the most critical piece of the economic development puzzle. But building a vibrant economy does not end there. The State has tools and resources that local leaders can utilize to not only improve their communities for residents, but also to attract businesses...

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Taking Advantage of Opportunities
Posted Thursday, October 30, at 10:30 AM

During his recent trip to Louisiana, Bill Clinton took time in his speech to thank the people of Louisiana. He thanked them for playing a role in paying for Arkansans' health insurance. And he was right. Every state that borders Arkansas is helping to pay for the health care of our citizens. That's a direct result of the Private Option...

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Dealing With Contagious Diseases
Posted Thursday, October 23, at 9:53 AM

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed more than four thousand lives, and for the first time, the virus has made its way to the United States. Constant news about Ebola, combined with speculation and the unknown, have generated both greater awareness and heightened fear among Americans...

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Advancing Test Scores
Posted Thursday, October 16, at 10:25 AM

Education continues to be our top priority in Arkansas, and we know that one of our biggest educational challenges is increasing the number of Arkansans who earn college degrees. This week, we received positive news reinforcing our long-term progress toward that goal. ...

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Good News From the Marketplace
Posted Thursday, October 9, at 12:47 PM

For too many years, when Arkansans talked about the price of their health insurance, good news was rare. For decades, costs have increased annually, hurting working families and leading to many companies dropping coverage for employees. Far too many of our people were left unable to make ends meet and still pay for insurance. ...

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Fueling Economic Engines
Posted Thursday, October 2, at 9:31 AM

In Arkansas, economic development manifests itself in many ways. In the past 10 days, we've seen a constant stream of announcements that will bring good jobs and new opportunities to our State. Each of these also illustrates approaches we use in powering the economic engines that generate success...

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FIRST Program a Benefit
Posted Thursday, September 25, at 9:53 AM

A robot, named Nighthawk, whizzed around my conference room in the State Capitol last week. The machine spun on its four wheels while flashing its bright lights and stopping on a dime at my feet. It chased a ball around the room, tossing it and fetching it, even catapulting it to me from across the room. ...

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Twenty Years of Americorps
Posted Thursday, September 18, at 10:08 AM

Every day, you can witness Arkansas's volunteer spirit in action. You may see individuals, families and groups who show up to lend a hand at the site of a natural disaster. There are many in our communities who take the initiative and give their own time and resources to start programs that help make our hometowns better places to live. ...

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Investing In Scientific Research
Posted Thursday, September 11, at 10:17 AM

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology's advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow. Therefore, one of the most important steps we can take as a society and as a state is to invest in research...

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Training Future Stem Educators
Posted Thursday, September 4, at 9:39 AM

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. In preparation for this transformation, more of our schools are employing the STEM Works Program. ...

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Arkansas Pays Its Debt
Posted Thursday, August 28, at 9:14 AM

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work together and meet challenges...

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Big Potential for Broadband
Posted Thursday, August 21, at 9:04 AM

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools...

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Leading the Nation
Posted Thursday, August 14, at 8:39 AM

While we've made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news...

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Degree Matters
Posted Thursday, August 7, at 8:29 AM

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate's Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas's two- and four-year colleges and universities are on board to help it succeed...

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Pursuing International Investors
Posted Thursday, July 31, at 8:51 AM

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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Summertime in Arkansas
Posted Thursday, July 24, at 8:55 AM

With Governor Beebe leading an economic development mission in Europe, this week's column is presented by Richard Davies, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. We'll entertain about 24 million travelers in Arkansas this year, the vast majority of whom will come from beyond our borders. A great many will visit The Natural State during the next few months, making the most of our wonderful summertime opportunities...

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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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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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