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Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Set
Posted Thursday, July 21, at 1:00 PM
A recent national survey found that families will spend an average of $630 this year to get their children ready to head back to school. That estimate includes what families plan to spend on clothes, supplies and electronics. That substantial cost to families this time of year is why the General Assembly passed Act 757 in 2011. This act provides a sales tax holiday the first weekend of August. The holiday means state and local taxes are not collected or paid on the purchase of certain items...

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State Surplus Update
Posted Thursday, July 14, at 9:21 AM

The state of Arkansas has ended the fiscal year with $177.4 million left in the bank. The amount left after all of the expenses are paid is referred to as the surplus. The legislature will determine how that money is spent in the 2017 Regular Session...

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Nation's Park System a Treasure
Posted Thursday, July 7, at 9:53 AM

Parks enrich all of our lives. Franklin Roosevelt once called our national parks the outward symbol of the great human principle. As our nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our national parks, we want to remind you of the programs and historical significance of the seven national parks located right here in Arkansas. National parks in our state bring in over 3 million visitors a year. The economic impact is estimated to be over $174 million...

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Update from AGFC on CWD
Posted Thursday, June 30, at 9:30 AM

Directors with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission updated members recently on the impact Chronic Wasting Disease now has on our deer population. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease similar to mad cow disease but found only in deer, elk, moose, and caribou. It was first detected in a deer in Arkansas in March of this year...

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Addressing Sexual Assaults on Campuses
Posted Thursday, June 23, at 8:50 AM

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) nearly one in five women, and one in 71 men, reported experiencing sexual assault at some time in their lives. Over a third of victims report being assaulted either on a college campus or during their college age years...

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DHS Working to Improve Service, Cut Costs
Posted Thursday, June 16, at 8:56 AM

Being efficient in government not only means saving taxpayer dollars, it means improving the services we provide to our citizens. Last week, the director of the largest state agency presented a new plan designed to ensure that the 1.2 million Arkansans served by the Department of Human Services are getting the best care in the most efficient way possible. The plan was presented to the Arkansas Health Reform Legislative Task Force...

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Arkansas Blessed With Record-Low Unemployment
Posted Thursday, May 26, at 9:50 AM

Unemployment in our state is now at a record low. Since we began tracking employment in 1976, we have never seen the unemployment rate below 4.1 percent. That is until last month. The unemployment rate for April in Arkansas was 3.9 percent while the national rate was 5percent. This means 1,309,268 are in the workforce. That is 5,000 more than the month before...

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Highway Funding Prompts Session
Posted Thursday, May 19, at 10:30 AM

This week we headed back to the Capitol for a special session to address highway funding. The session is being called now because we face an important deadline to receive $200 million from the federal government for our infrastructure. On December 4, 2015, the President signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). ...

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Funding Approved at Fiscal Session
Posted Wednesday, May 11, at 7:13 PM

The House has wrapped up the state's fourth Fiscal Session by passing a balanced budget with increases in funding to some of the most urgent needs. We began this session with discussion and debate on funding Arkansas Works. After that appropriation passed, it was clear the budget for the next year would not require any cuts to state agencies or increase taxes for Arkansans...

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Work Continues for Lawmakers
Posted Thursday, April 28, at 10:08 AM

The General Assembly is inching closer to finalizing a balanced budget for the next fiscal year. The pace of this Fiscal Session picked up significantly after the passage of SB121. Speaker Gillam later described the debate about this bill as an extremely professional one with a good civil discourse. With 76 votes, the House sent the appropriation bill to fund medical services for the Department of Human Services to the Governor's desk...

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Updating Legislative Activity
Posted Thursday, April 21, at 8:36 AM

This week we have two important updates from the Capitol. The first is the action taking during our first week of the Fiscal Session. The second update we want to share with you is a new report providing valuable information for parents about every school district in the state...

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Extraordinary Session
Posted Thursday, April 7, at 9:47 AM

On Wednesday, April 6 we will convene at the Capitol for an Extraordinary Session, often times referred to as special session, to address changes to our state's healthcare system. There will be two issues before us to consider. One piece of legislation will create a program that the Governor is calling Arkansas Works. The second issue will address reforms to provide savings to the state's Medicaid program...

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529 GIFT Plan Invests in the Future
Posted Thursday, March 31, at 9:09 AM

Of all the gifts you'll give your child, few will be more important than a college education. But affording that education takes a plan. Arkansas rewards parents who save for their children's education by allowing families to deduct up to $5,000 of their Arkansas 529 GIFT plan from their Arkansas adjusted gross income...

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Update on Zika Virus Response
Posted Thursday, March 10, at 9:52 AM

This week, the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health updated legislators on what the department is doing to monitor the Zika virus and prevent an outbreak in our state. Zika is a virus that is spread through the Aedes species mosquito bites. ...

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Women Have Made An Impact in State Government
Posted Monday, March 7, at 9:25 AM

In 1980, when President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week, he wrote "The achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well."...

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Changes Made in Driver's License Law
Posted Thursday, February 25, at 9:50 AM

In the beginning of the 20th century, only 25 percent of families lived in a suburb. Today, two out of three residents live outside of metropolitan areas. As a result, access to driving has become an important factor in economic security. In the last legislative session it was brought to our attention that many drivers were finding it difficult to pay for multiple fines accumulated for driving on a suspended license. ...

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Black History Month Underway
Posted Thursday, February 18, at 10:33 AM

Black History Month is an annual celebration during the month of February to highlight the achievements by black Americans. The event grew from a weeklong celebration which historian Carter G. Woodson began in 1926 as a way to use history to show the important roles African Americans played in the creation of our country...

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February is American Heart Month
Posted Thursday, February 11, at 9:45 AM

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Arkansas. While anyone, including children, can develop heart disease there are many ways to reduce your risk and lower complications. February is American Heart Month, a time to renew efforts to raise awareness of heart disease and its consequences. Many of you participated in National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association encourages everyone not only to wear red, but also to explain what it means to Go Red--...

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New Laws Affect Taxpayers
Posted Monday, February 8, at 10:33 AM

Since many of you will be filing your taxes over the next few months, we want to remind you about legislation passed to help protect you from unnecessary fees and fraud. In 2009, the General Assembly passed Act 1402 known as the Refund Anticipation Loan Act. This act requires tax preparation services to post any fees associated with a refund anticipation loan...

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Voter Registration Deadline is Monday
Posted Thursday, January 28, at 11:00 AM

Arkansas is one of 14 states where voters will cast a ballot on March 1 in the presidential primary. The presidential race is just one of many races you may see on this ballot. These races will have a significant impact on your city, your district, and your judicial system...

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Joe Jett is a first term State Representative from Success, and serves District 56. He's a Corning High School grad, went to college in Oklahoma and served in the USAF. He is a farmer and holds his airline transport pilot's license and an air traffic control license.
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