I joined the panel for AETN’s Arkansas Week, with the top issue being proposed changes Gov. Asa Hutchinson is requesting from the federal government for the state’s Arkansas Works Medicaid expansion program. About 331,000 Arkansans are covered right now, but that would be reduced by about 60,000 as he wants to lower the income cap for eligibility. We also discuss reaction in Arkansas to the plan presented in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature healthcare law, and have the latest in the Arkansas Legislature concerning guns, unused school buildings and expanding wine sales in grocery stores.
I joined the panel of AETN’s Arkansas Week, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, on the third week of this year’s Arkansas General Assembly. Key issues were Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut plan getting passage in both chambers, while a proposal for an earned income tax credit from Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin was rejected. Bills concerning abortion, higher education funding and medical marijuana were also discussed, as was the possible impact to Arkansas of trade policies from Pres. Donald Trump.