State budget bill advances

LITTLE ROCK — Legislation setting out a $5.3 billion state budget for the next fiscal year cleared a legislative panel this morning and is expected to receive votes in the House and Senate this afternoon.

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State budget bill advances

LITTLE ROCK — Legislation setting out a $5.3 billion state budget for the next fiscal year cleared a legislative panel this morning and is expected to receive votes in the House and Senate this afternoon.

Proposal to limit use of welfare benefits advances

LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to limit how public welfare recipients can use their benefits cleared a legislative panel and was adopted by the House on Tuesday as an amendment to a budget bill, but it was unclear whether the bill could get out of the House with the amendment attached.

Killer’s claim for damages denied

LITTLE ROCK — A claim for $15,000 in damages filed by the convicted killer of a Central Arkansas real estate agent has been denied, a legislative panel was told Monday.

Hutchinson’s chief of staff to leave post

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Lamoureux, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff and a former state legislator, said Monday he will leave his current position at the end of the month.

Fiscal session winding down

LITTLE ROCK — The fiscal session that began April 13 could wrap up this week, legislative leaders said Friday as they worked with the governor’s office on the Revenue Stabilization Act, the bill that will set spending priorities for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Guest commentary: Investing in jobs, low-cost clean energy, communities

Oklahoma is blessed with some of the strongest wind resources in the country. Homes and businesses in Arkansas and other states in the region need energy supplies that are clean, affordable and reliable. Congestion on the existing transmission grid makes it difficult to move energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Arkansas and further south and east. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project is necessary so that Oklahoma can reap the benefits of its great energy resources and Arkansas and other states can gain access to those resources at an economic scale. Investing in clean energy infrastructure will create jobs, foster growth in local communities and ultimately improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states.

Great Promise, Great Challenge

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was elected the 54th Speaker of the House this past Thursday. Ryan took the gavel from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who had been pressured to resign the post by the ultra-conservatives in the party.

PATE: A job not done and not well

I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. It’s not that good things don’t happen to me every day, but life’s little travails just seem to have come in a big pack in recent times. As I’ve gotten older, I deal with setbacks better than I would have a few years ago. It’s like picking out splinters — after you’ve done it a couple hundred times, you develop a technique, but you probably don’t want any more practice.

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