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2019: The 5.9 Tax Plan

Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law the 5.9 Tax-Cut Plan on February 19, 2019. 

Explanation of the 5.9 Tax Plan

The 5.9 Income Tax Reduction will be phased-in over two years.

The first year, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, will see the traditional, six-rate upper-income bracket eliminated, and replaced with a four-rate bracket of 2%, 4%, 5.9%, and 6.6%. In this phase, we will consolidate brackets and reduce the top marginal tax rate from 6.9% to 6.6%. We will also reduce the top marginal tax rate in the middle-income bracket from 6.0% to 5.9%. The fiscal impact of this phase will be $51.2m. This cost will be split between two state fiscal years, with $25.6m cuts in FY2020 and FY2021.

The second year, beginning Jan. 1, 2021, will reduce the top marginal tax rate from 6.6% to 5.9%. The fiscal impact of this second phase will be $45.8m. The impact will be spread across two fiscal years, FY2021 and FY2022.

How can we drop the top rate to 5.9% for $97m when making the same cut using the traditional bracket would have cost twice as much ($181m)?

  • The 2-4-5.9 plan will impose marginally higher rates of tax on the first $22,500 of income that is reported by upper-income taxpayers. This increased income offsets the total cost of the plan. As compared to a plan that would simply cut the top marginal rate, the 5.9 plan allows the state to reach a lower tax rate in a manner that is fiscally prudent.

Does anybody pay more under this plan?

  • No. This is for two reasons – first, the 2-4-5.9 plan helps to smooth over “cliffs” in the tax brackets, which would otherwise punish those taxpayers whose increased income pushes them from the middle- to the upper-income bracket. In addition, state income tax bracket adjustments, which were adopted as part of the middle-class tax cut, will provide additional relief to those taxpayers at the lower end of the upper-income tax table.

Does this preclude us from making future reductions in individual income tax rates?

  • No. The proposed plan leaves open the potential for additional rate decreases in the future. The Governor has repeatedly said his goal is to reduce the state’s top rate to 5.0%

To view Key Points of the 5.9 Tax Plan, CLICK HERE

SB 211 was the third phase of Governor Hutchinson’s three-part plan to reform Arkansas’s tax code. In 2015 and in 2017, he signed into law the two biggest tax cuts in the state’s history. With the passage of Senate Bill 211 today, 100 percent of Arkansas income-taxpayers will benefit from nearly $250 million in reduced income taxes.

Governor’s Mansion Event Request Form

Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

Arkansas Governor's Mansion LogoThis year marks the 71st year the Arkansas Governor's Mansion has been the focal point of the First Family's public events, including state dinners, luncheons, and other celebrations.

Since 1950, the Mansion has served as the primary residence for twelve of Arkansas's 46 Governors along with their families and pets. The rooms and grounds hold memories rich in the history of Arkansas. Each heirloom, painting, and architectural feature adds a sentence to that story.

Governor Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson proudly welcome guests and want all Arkansans to know that the Governor's Mansion is truly the people's house.



2021 Governor's Mansion Christmas Decorations

Mansion Contact

Kerry Q. Thompson
Mansion Administrator
Phone: 501-324-9805

Robin Gattis
Event Coordinator
Phone: 501-324-9805

Misty Hunt
Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady
Phone: 501-324-9806

Arkansas Governor's Mansion Association

Sharon Morris
Restoration and Preservation
Phone: 501-324-9805


Location and Map

Arkansas Governor's Mansion
1800 Center Street
Little Rock, Arkansas

Phone: 501-324-9805


Map to Mansion

Mansion History

State Dining RoomThe Arkansas Governor's Mansion, located on Center Street in downtown Little Rock, was originally completed in 1950 during the term of Governor Sidney McMath. Until that time, Arkansas had no official residence for her chief executive.

In 1944, the Arkansas Federation of Women's Clubs, led by its president, Mrs. Agnes Bass Shinn of Harrison, began a campaign to remedy this deficiency. The first effort to obtain legislative funding for a Governor's residence, attempted in 1945, was a failure. Success came two years later, when Act 257 of 1947 created a Governor's Mansion Commission with an appropriation of $100,000. The Commission selected the old Blind School property as the site, and in December 1947, Governor Ben T. Laney laid the cornerstone of the new structure. Bricks from the old buildings were salvaged and used in the construction of the Mansion; a total of more than 300,000 bricks were required to complete the project.

Construction lasted approximately two years, and was supplemented by another $97,000, authorized by Act 401 of 1949. Many individuals played key roles in the planning, construction, and completion of the building, including: Clyde E. Lowry, Chairman of the Governor's Mansion Commission; Frank J. Ginocchio Jr. and Edwin B. Cromwell, architects; Barney Ellis, contractor; and William R. Heerwagen, interior decorator.

The Georgian Colonial Mansion is flanked by two colonnaded walkways that link the Mansion to two cottages. Through the colonnades, one can view the gardens that frame the home. The eight-and-one-half acres feature one of the largest herb gardens maintained by the National Herb Society, as well as a vegetable garden, which is an ongoing project of the Arkansas Master Gardeners.

No formal ceremony marked the opening of the Governor's Mansion on January 10, 1950; instead the public was invited to tour the new structure. During the week-long, public "open house," more than 180,000 visitors toured the new home.

Governor and Mrs. Sidney S. McMath began moving into the Governor's Mansion on February 3, 1950. The Governors who have since occupied the Mansion are the following: Francis Cherry; Orval Faubus; Winthrop Rockefeller; Dale Bumpers; David Pryor; Frank White; Bill Clinton; Jim Guy Tucker; Mike Huckabee; Mike Beebe; and our current Governor, Asa Hutchinson.

For more information on the Arkansas Governor's Mansion visit: Encyclopedia of Arkansas

History Facts

  • Establised by Act 247 of 1947
  • Over 300,000 bricks used to complete the mansion
  • Completed in 1950
  • Governor and Mrs. Sidney S. McMath are the first residents
  • Currently home to Governor Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson


Charlene Reed
Location: Little Rock, AR

Dinah Arnold
Location: Arkadelphia, AR

Shayla Copas
Location: Little Rock, AR

Robert Thorne
Location: Marion, AR

Stacy Hurst
Director of the Department of Heritage
Location: Little Rock, AR

Patricia Johnson
Location: Little Rock, AR

Sally Kibler
Location: Fort Smith, AR

Barbara Phillips
Location: Rogers, AR

Joe Dan Yee
Location: Lake Village, AR

Event Requests

The Arkansas Governor's Mansion, located in the historic Quapaw Quarter near downtown Little Rock, serves as a one-of-a-kind premier venue for the state of Arkansas. The Janet M. Huckabee Grand Hall was added to the historic Mansion in 2003 and offers 7,300 square feet of beautiful entertaining space. The Grand Hall has been utilized by many different groups and organizations for a variety of special events.

  • Capacity for a seated lunch or dinner is 200
  • Theater-style seating capacity is 300
  • Standing reception capacity is 350

Grand Hall Table Fountain
Grand Hall Table Mansion Grounds

The elegant Grand Hall boasts of custom designed crystal chandeliers, 22-foot ceilings, two large fireplaces, decorative up lighting, and floor to ceiling windows with a dramatic 2-story bow window at the south end. The Hall also provides a 5900 lumen projector and 10 X 16 foot projection screen making it an ideal venue for any event. All Governor's Mansion events are catered by our own resident chefs, all culinary graduates with over 80 years of combined culinary experience, providing high quality, exceptional food presentations.

Situated on over 8 acres, the outdoor landscape of the Governor's Mansion offers beautiful classic Southern gardens and a Parterre garden arranged in a diamond pattern. The Mansion gardens showcase a host of heritage roses blended with colorful perennials, azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias as well as Southern magnolias, tulip poplars and other ornamental trees native to the state. Complements to the gardens include a central water fountain and large twin pergolas, draped in climbing New Dawn Roses, covering pathways throughout the gardens. Along with the sculpture garden featuring the beautiful custom designed "Rain of Faith" sculpture, the Mansion gardens reflect the state's natural beauty and provide a lovely setting for small outdoor gatherings.

For more information please contact Robin Gattis by phone at 501-324-9805 or by email at To request usage of the Governor's Mansion, Grand Hall or Gardens for your special event, please complete and submit the Mansion Event Request Form.

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2017: $50 Million Cut

Act 78 of 2017 reduced the income tax rates for lower income Arkansas taxpayers, those with incomes of less than $21,000, beginning in January of 2019. The plan provides a tax reduction to 1.3M taxpayers, with approximately 120,000 taxpayers in the lowest bracket being taken off the tax rolls.

In addition, the act created the “Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force” to examine and identify areas of potential reform within the tax laws of Arkansas. A final report will be submitted form the task force in 2018.

Year FY19 FY20
Tax Reform and Relief Act -25.25M -50.5M

Number of Arkansans benefiting: 1,346,415

$13 Million Retired Military Tax Cut

Military retirement and survivor benefits would become exempt from taxation beginning with the 2018 tax year. Eligibility would be for those who retired from uniformed service with the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard. Also entitled for the income tax exemption would be retirement benefits for retirees of reserve components of the various armed services, the National Guard of any state, the reserve corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps. A taxpayer claiming an exemption under § 26-51-307(e) on military retirement or survivor benefits would be unable to claim the $6,000 exemption under § 26-51-307(a) on retirement benefits received from non-military sources.
The Military Retirement Exemption is estimated at $13.4M in FY19
Act 141 also did some other things including reducing the soft drink tax and expanding the sales tax base and was net neutral.

2015 Middle Class Income Tax Cut

Act 22 of 2015 reduced taxes for approximately 688,000 Middle Class taxpayers by cutting the tax rates for those making between $21,000 and $75,000.  The total tax reduction for middle class taxpayers amounts to over $100M annually. This change was effective January 1, 2016. 

For tax year 2016 and after, taxpayers having taxable income between $21,000 and $75,000 will pay tax on that portion of their income between $21,000 and $35,099 at the rate of 5% rather than the 6% rate in effect for 2014. That portion of their income between $35,100 and $75,000 will be taxed at the rate of 6% rather than the 7% rate previously applicable.

In Arkansas, two income households can file separately on the same return. This means, in a two income household with both earners falling within the range of the middle class tax cut, both would receive the benefit.

Year FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20 Cumulative
Middle Class Tax Relief -33.7M -102.1M -$107.4M -$112.8M -$118.4M -$474.4M

Number of Arkansas Taxpayers Benefiting: 688,000

Impact to Taxpayers:

$35,000 Net Taxable Income
Tax Savings -- $110.00

$50,000 Net Taxable Income
Tax Savings -- $246.00

$75,000 Net Taxable Income
Tax Savings -- $470.00

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Agency Strategic Plans

As part of this administration’s efficiency efforts, Governor Hutchinson directed cabinet-level agencies across state government to create agency strategic plans. Each strategic plan includes the agencies’ mission, vision, core values, and goals. Each agency was asked to identify a specific efficiency goal or show how they could find efficiencies within all of their goals.

Transformation Advisory Board

Governor Hutchinson announced the creation of the Transformation Advisory Board in February 2017. This was another step toward transforming state government by identifying efficiencies and cost-savings to better serve the Arkansas taxpayers. The advisory board is a volunteer group of citizens from both the public and private sectors, who will make policy recommendations to the state’s Chief Transformation Officer and the Governor. Members of the board do not receive reimbursements for the participation of board activities.

Amy Fetcher Chief Transformation OfficerSince taking office in 2015, Governor Asa Hutchinson has continued to identify a number of efficiencies and cost-saving measures to streamline state operations and put money back into the pocket of hard-working Arkansans.

In December of 2016, Governor Hutchinson appointed Amy Fecher as Chief Transformation Officer within the Governor’s Office to drive the implementation of these initiatives. In February of 2017, the Governor created the Transformation Advisory Board and asked 15 people in public service and private industry to serve on the board voluntarily to assist the chief transformation officer in evaluating proposals and making recommendations to the Governor on savings opportunities.

View a timeline of the Governor’s transformation efforts. *updated 4/18/19

On October 3, 2018, Governor Hutchinson announced his Transformation plan to reorganize the amount of cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15.

On April 11, 2019, Governor Hutchinson signed the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 into law. 

To see the details of his plan, see the following links:

Impact of Efficiencies

Have an Idea To Transform State Government? Visit

Since the launch of Myidea in May 2017, Arkansans from all over the state have submitted creative ideas to improve state government. View the short list of those ideas and how state agencies implemented them.

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Boards and Commissions List

Academic Facilities Review Board
Advisory Board of the Arkansas Center for School Safety of the Criminal Justice Institute
Advisory Committee on Petroleum Storage Tanks
Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children
Advisory Council of the Arkansas Arts Council
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board
Arkansas 911 Board
Arkansas Abstracters' Board
Arkansas Access to Justice Commission
Arkansas Agriculture Board
Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council
Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission
Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee
Arkansas Beef Council
Arkansas Biosciences Institute Board
Arkansas Board of Dispensing Opticians
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling
Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers
Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine
Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board
Arkansas Child Abuse/Rape/Domestic Violence Commission
Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Arkansas Commission for the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Initiative
Arkansas Commission on Eye and Vision Care of School-Age Children
Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Promotion Board
Arkansas Council for Military Children
Arkansas Delta Music Commission
Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board
Arkansas Early Childhood Commission
Arkansas Economic Development Council
Arkansas Educational Television Commission
Arkansas Ethics Commission
Arkansas Fair Housing Commission
Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board
Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board
Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board
Arkansas Forestry Commission
Arkansas Freedom of Information Task Force
Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board
Arkansas Geological Survey
Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Arkansas Governor's Mansion Commission
Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Arkansas History Commission
Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board
Arkansas Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee
Arkansas Humanities Council
Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission
Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees
Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission
Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission
Arkansas Military Affairs Council
Arkansas Milk Stabilization Board
Arkansas Minority Health Commission
Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Arkansas Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Advisory Board
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission
Arkansas Psychology Board
Arkansas Public Defender Commission
Arkansas Public Service Commission
Arkansas Public Transportation Coordination Council
Arkansas Racing Commission
Arkansas Real Estate Commission
Arkansas Recreational Trails Advisory Committee
Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board
Arkansas Rural Development Commission
Arkansas Rural Medical Practice Student Loan and Scholarship Board
Arkansas Sentencing Commission
Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board
Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission
Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques
Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers
Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training
Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy
Arkansas State Board of Registration for Foresters
Arkansas State Board of Registration for Professional Soil Classifiers
Arkansas State Board of Sanitarians
Arkansas State Claims Commission
Arkansas State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision
Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision
Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission
Arkansas State Independent Living Council
Arkansas State Medical Board
Arkansas State Occupational Therapy Examining Committee
Arkansas State Police Commission
Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council
Arkansas State Respiratory Care Examining Committee
Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council
Arkansas Tobacco Control Board
Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission
Arkansas Towing and Recovery Board
Arkansas Veterans' Commission
Arkansas Waterways Commission
Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board
Arkansas Wine Producers Council
Arkansas Workforce Development Board
Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission
Arkansas-Oklahoma Joint Study Committee
Aspiring Scholars Grant Program Advisory Committee
Auctioneer's Licensing Board
Baby Sharon's Children's Catastrophic Illness Grant Program Committee
Black History Commission of Arkansas
Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority
Board of Control for Southern Regional Education
Board of Corrections
Board of Developmental Disabilities Services
Board of Directors of Northwest Technical Institute
Board of Directors of the Arkansas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Telecommunications Services Corporation
Board of Directors of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority
Board of Directors of the Division of Science and Technology of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Board of Electrical Examiners of the State of Arkansas
Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Board of Review
Board of the Division of State Services for the Blind
Board of the Information Network of Arkansas
Board of Trustees of Arkansas Northeastern College
Board of Trustees of Arkansas Tech University
Board of Trustees of Black River Technical College
Board of Trustees of East Arkansas Community College
Board of Trustees of Ozarka College
Board of Trustees of South Arkansas Community College
Board of Trustees of Southeast Arkansas College
Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University
Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Public Employees' Retirement System
Board of Trustees of the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf
Board of Trustees of the Arkansas State University System
Board of Trustees of the State Police Retirement System
Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
Board of Trustees of the University of Central Arkansas
Board of Visitors for Arkansas State University Three Rivers
Board of Visitors for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
Board of Visitors for the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
Boll Weevil Eradication Committee
Breast Cancer Control Advisory Board
Buffalo River Conservation Committee
Capitol Zoning District Commission
Career Education and Workforce Development Board
Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission
Child Maltreatment Investigations Oversight Committee
Child Welfare Agency Review Board
Children's Behavioral Health Care Commission
Commission for Parent Counsel
Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap in Arkansas
Commission on Uniform State Laws
Commission on Waterwell Construction
Compliance Advisory Panel
Contractors Licensing Board
Crime Victims Reparations Board
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 1One
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 2Two
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 3Three
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 4Four
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 5Five
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 6Six
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 7Seven
Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District 8Eight
Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board
Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday Committee
Data and Transparency Panel
Delta Cultural Center Policy Advisory Board
Department of Human Services State Institutional System Board
Division of Aeronautics
Electronic Recording Commission
Elevator Safety Board
Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council
Firefighter Benefit Review Panel
Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee
Garland Levee District Board of Directors
Governing Board to the Streamlined Sales Tax Administrative Act
Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism
Governor's Advisory Council on Aging
Governor's Advisory Council on Cycling
Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities
Graduate Nurse Educator Loan and Scholarship Board
Health Services Permit Commission
HVACR Licensing Board
Independent Citizens Commission
Individual Sewage Disposal Systems Advisory Committee
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission
Justice of the Peace
Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission
Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Design Committee
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board
Mansion Advisory Council
Marine Sanitation Advisory Committee
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee
Medical Marijuana Commission
Minority and Women-owned Business Advisory Council
Mississippi River Parkway Commission of Arkansas
Mosaic Templars of America Center for African-American Culture and Business Enterprise Advisory Board
Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel
Oil and Gas Commission
Old State House Commission
Ouachita River Commission
Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee
Oversight Committee on Breast Cancer Research
Parole Board
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Committee
Professional Bail Bond Company and Professional Bail Bondsman Licensing Board
Red River Commission
Red River Compact Commission
Red River Levee District 1
Residential Contractors Committee
Sex Offender Assessment Committee
Southern Growth Policies Board
Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council
Southern States Energy Board
Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas
State Aid Street Committee
State Athletic Commission
State Banking Board
State Board of Barber Examiners
State Board of Collection Agencies
State Board of Education
State Board of Election Commissioners
State Board of Embalmers, Funeral Directors, Cemeteries, and Burial Services
State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
State Board of Health
State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors
State Board of Optometry
State Board of Private Career Education
State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists
State Crime Laboratory Board
State Emergency Response Commission
State Fire Prevention Commission
State Highway Commission
State Interagency Coordinating Council
State Kidney Disease Commission
State Library Board
State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission
State Plant Board
State Review Committee For Historic Preservation
State Technology Council
Supervisory Board for the Arkansas Crime Information Center
Tax Appeals Commission
Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee
Trauma Advisory Council
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking, and Intervention Advisory Board
Veterinary Medical Examining Board
War Memorial Stadium Commission
Workers' Compensation Commission

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State Seal Use Form


Under the Arkansas Constitution, the State Seal is to be kept by the Governor to be used officially by the Governor. A number of Arkansas Code sections authorize the official use of the State Seal by the other Constitutional Officers and the other branches of State Government.

The Governor has the authority to allow an Arkansas resident or State Agency to use the State Seal upon request. The applicant must be specific as to the intended use of the State Seal, and if granted, will only have permission to use the State Seal for the purpose stated in the application.

Moreover, unofficial use of the State Seal by the public must conform to constitutional and statutory requirements. The Office of the Governor may grant or deny an applicant’s request to use the State Seal in order to ensure the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas is used in an appropriate manner, giving the Seal its due reverence.

Generally, the State Seal must not be used in conjunction with for-profit causes, events, products, or purposes. Moreover, the State Seal must not be used in connection with causes, events, products, or purposes conveying hate speech and other disparaging messages. Due to the State Seal’s official use by the State of Arkansas and its elected officials, an applicant’s use of the Seal must conform to standards of common decency and professionalism.

If the State Seal is to be used in a brochure, website, or some form of advertisement, the applicant should be prepared to provide a copy of the aforementioned brochure, screenshots of the website, or a copy of the advertisement without the State Seal being depicted therein. If the State Seal is to be used in conjunction with an event, the applicant should be prepared to provide the date and time of the event as well as a copy of the agenda for the event.

Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis. While the required fields generally constitute a complete application, they are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of requirements. If any further information is needed, the applicant will be contacted by Office staff.


If the applicant is granted authorization to use the State Seal for the limited purpose the applicant provided in the request, the applicant cannot alter the State Seal in any way. The State Seal cannot be redrawn or otherwise altered, which includes an applicant changing the proportions of the components of the State Seal. Other design elements such as lines, rules or type must not touch or overlap the State Seal in any way.

All parts of the State Seal must be printed solid; the State Seal cannot be screened nor textured. The State Seal can only be depicted in two colors, gold and black. If the State Seal is to be printed in one color, black ink must be used.

Please be advised that improper use of or altering of the State Seal is a Class A misdemeanor pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 5-54-133. In the case the reader has any questions regarding the possible ramifications of improper uses of the State Seal, the reader should contact his or her own attorney for a legal opinion on the matter.

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Proclamation Request

Requests for proclamations are only accepted from Arkansas residents and should be requested at least thirty days prior to the date of the proclamation. Please provide the following information regarding your proclamation request. All fields are required for consideration.

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250: The Blog

250 is the Suite Number of the Governor’s Office at the Arkansas State Capitol. It also is the name of this blog, which goes beyond Governor Asa Hutchinson's press conferences and bill signings.


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Thank you to our friends at the Department of Human Services for creating this fun video highlighting the Summer 2021 internship.

Applications for the Summer 2022 Internship are now open!

The MyARInternship will run from June 6th through July 29th.

Apply Here

About The Internship

This past summer, we welcomed over thirty interns to meet with State Leaders and to learn how State Government works in various Departments. The summer 2021 interns met with the Governor at the Governor’s Mansion, toured a Department of Corrections facility, went to the Arkansas State Police training track, and met almost all of the Cabinet Secretaries. Apply now for the summer 2022 internship to experience these opportunities and more!


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Completed the first year of college and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no more than 2 years before the internship
  • A veteran with a high school diploma or equivalent and served on active duty in the 2 years preceding the internship

What is the application period?

Applications for the 2022 internship are open December 2021 through early spring of 2022.

What are the dates of the 2022 Public Service Internship?

The summer 2022 internship will run from Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 29th.

What career areas will this internship focus on?

Examples of available internship areas include finance, social work, technology, public health, engineering, business, public safety, communications, education, research, cybersecurity, compliance, legal, marketing, environment, administration, real estate services, tourism, and emergency management.

Interns will be matched with available internship positions within departments depending on their area of study and experience.

What will I be doing as an intern?

This internship was created to give students an inside look at state government. Interns will walk away from this internship with valuable knowledge, experience, contacts, and lifelong friendships. Each intern will be assigned to an opening at various state departments based on availability (click HERE to view a list of departments/potential placements.) Day-to-day, interns will work with staff within their assigned department on projects. Additionally, Interns will have weekly internship meetings which will feature speakers such as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Department Secretaries, and many more in state leadership. Interns will also have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at state facilities such as the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, Supreme Court, Arkansas State Police training track, Corrections facilities, and more. Every year we aim to add to the internship experience.

How many hours a week will interns work?

This internship is a full-time position in which interns will work 40 hours per week, with the exception of state holidays.

Is this internship paid?

Yes. Interns will be paid at an hourly rate. Any time missed will result in adjusted pay.

Where will the internship take place?

All interns will be placed in departments throughout the Little Rock metro area.

Additional Questions? Contact:

Internship Director Jana Hiland at

To view and download MyARInternship Promotional Materials, click HERE.


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Past Videos of Governor's Office Intern Program

2015 Summer InternsSummer 2016 InternsGovernor's Interns 2017 



Executive Orders

Executive Staff

The Executive Staff aid and advise the Governor on various issues as well as lead their employees in their respective departments. 

Contact: (501) 682-2345


Director – Ann McFerran

The Governor’s Scheduling Office has the primary function of managing the Governor’s daily schedule. This involves a great deal of communication and coordination among the scheduling office and a number of internal and external entities.

To request the attendance of Governor Hutchinson at a meeting or function, please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration.

Policy and Agency Affairs

Director - Chris Fletcher

The Governor’s Legislative and Agency Affairs Office is comprised of staff members whose primary job is to research and promote implementation of the Governor’s ideas, initiatives, and legislative agenda on a variety of subjects, including the state’s budget, health care, economic development, education, and criminal justice.

Cabinet Agencies

Public Engagement

Director - Kimberly Davis
Director - Kimberly Davis

The Governor’s Public Engagement Department has direct contact with the citizens of the State of Arkansas on the Governor’s behalf. The members of this team answer letters, e-mails, and phone calls of those constituents who have questions or complaints about the agencies, boards, and commissions of the State. It is the responsibility of the counselor assigned to that agency, board, or commission to respond to the individuals promptly. Our team also prepares and produces all correspondence critical to the function of state government, including proclamations prepared in cooperation with the office of the Chief Legal Counsel.

Federal Issues

The Governor does not have jurisdiction over federal agencies or programs, such as Medicare, Social Security, and Immigration. Federal elected officials for the State of Arkansas are suited to assist or answer questions that relate to the United States federal government.

Contacts for Federal Issues/Questions:

President Joe Biden:

Information for your U.S. House of Representatives can be found at

Information for your U.S. Senator can be found at

Local Issues

Governor Hutchinson does not have jurisdiction over city or county issues. Any questions or issues on the local level should be addressed with your elected representatives of local government or your Arkansas State Representative.

Questions and issues related to city government should be directed towards the Mayor or City Council members. Visit to find your city elected officials and contact information.

Questions and issues related to county government should be directed towards your county’s elected officials. You can find your county elected officials by visiting

Judicial Issues

The Governor’s office cannot provide legal advice or assistance to his constituents. Governor Hutchinson cannot intervene in court cases, handle judicial matters such as complaints against judges or other legal offices.

If you are needing legal counsel and cannot afford an attorney, Arkansas Legal Aid offers civil legal assistance for low-income Arkansans. Information on Arkansas Legal Aid can be requested online at, or by calling (800) 952-9243.

For consumer complaints, you can contact the Office of the Attorney General by visiting or calling (501) 682-2007.

If you have a complaint against an attorney, you can contact the Arkansas Judiciary at (501) 376-0313, or visit their website

If you have a complaint against a judge or the courts, contact the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission at (501) 682-1050, or by their website

Constituent Services can help citizens in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Minority Affairs
  • Workforce Services
  • State Taxes
  • Agriculture
  • Legislative Issues
  • Environment
  • Grants
  • State Highways/Transportation

Important Links

Email or Call the Governor's Office

Request a Letter from the Governor

  • Select "Request Letter from Governor" in the Category dropdown menu
  • Please allow three weeks for letter requests.

Governor's Proclamations

View Proclamations

To request a Proclamation, please submit an Online Proclamation Request for consideration. Please allow thirty days for proclamation requests.

To request a photo with the Governor and your Proclamation please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration. (Availability for a photo opportunity is at the discretion of the Scheduling Department and Senior Staff.)

Contact: (501) 682-3808


Director - Shealyn Sowers

Governor Hutchinson’s Communications Department – also known as the “Press Shop” – handles all things media for the office on a daily basis. Those responsibilities are comprised of a number of different tasks, including, but not limited to, preparing all public statements from the Governor, crafting and distributing news releases, radio addresses, and talking points for speeches, news conferences and interviews, as well as video production and photography. The Department also maintains the Governor’s website and social media platforms.

NOTE: Flag notifications are displayed prominently in the footer and at the top of the slide-out navigation. There you will find the status of both the Arkansas flag and the United States flag on any given day. To receive special notifications from the Governor’s Office, CLICK HERE for “Citizens Alerts", choose the notifications you would like to receive and enter your email address.

For all media inquiries, please email

Press Releases

View the latest Press Releases.

250: The Blog

A new blog that will go beyond the press conferences and bill signings to show the day-to-day life of the Governor of Arkansas.


Read Asa's speech transcripts

Weekly Address

Hear the weekly radio address.


View Governor Hutchinson's YouTube site.


View Governor Hutchinson's Flickr Photo Gallery.

Official Portrait

Download the Official Portrait of Governor Hutchinson.

Executive Clemency

The Governor's Clemency Office processes all requests for and inquiries about Executive Clemency prepares reports and drafts Executive Clemency Orders for the Governor. This office also acts as the liaison with government officials (federal, state, and county), various agencies, and parties interested in clemency.

Under Arkansas Statute §16-93-204, the Parole Board has the authority to assist the Governor in exercising his authority in granting reprieves, commutations, and pardons, and shall perform such other services as may be required by the Governor in exercising his powers of executive clemency.  

For more information about Executive Clemency, including a downloadable application form, please visit the Parole Board’s website

Boards and Commissions

Director - Lindsey Mathis

The Governor is responsible for appointing members to approximately 350 boards and commissions in the State and seeks the most qualified candidates for these appointed positions.  He encourages all Arkansans to participate in state government by applying for appointment to one of these boards or commissions.

Interested applicants may fill out the Online Application for Appointment for consideration.

Arkansas Boards & Commissions List

Economic Development


Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Monthly Update – August 2022

The July 2022 unemployment rate of 3.3% maintained its status of being less than the national average of 3.5%. There are 119,800 more people employed now than when Governor Hutchinson took office in January 2015. (1,322,200 in April 2022 vs. 1,202,400 in January 2015). The labor force participation rate for May was 57%. Manufacturing employment as a percentage of total nonfarm employment was 12.41%. Non-retail, hospitality, or government employment as a percentage of total employment was 60%. Average hourly wage of all industry sectors, 1st Quarter 2022: $27.10. Average hourly wage of manufacturing sectors, 1st Quarter 2022: $26.54.

Since January 2015, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has signed incentive agreements with 493* new and expanding companies.

  • These 493 projects have resulted in approximately 25,766* new jobs for Arkansans.
  • These companies have invested $13,913,292,272.46 in capital in the state.
  • The average hourly wage for the new jobs created is $20.85.

AEDC signed 3 new incentive agreements in August 2022.

2021 Summary: From January 2021-December 2021, there were 36 incentive agreements signed with new or expanding companies, which worked with AEDC to create 2,716* new jobs (with an average wage of $20.62) and invest $722,168,683.

This year alone (2022), AEDC has signed 17 new incentive agreements, which is expected to result in 2,745 new jobs created with an average wage of $28.08. These new or expanding companies plan to invest $3,901,139,162 in capital in the state.

Business & trade data: 

  • CNBC Cost of Doing Business Ranking: 4
  • 2021 Arkansas GDP: $145B
  • Arkansas’ total export value for 2021: $5.6B
  • Arkansas’ top five export partners in 2021: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, China
  • Arkansas’ top five exports in 2021: Aircraft and parts, Machinery, Plastics, Arms and Ammunitions, and Rice.

*The numbers above do not include announced jobs. They are strictly incentive agreements signed.

Job creation is broken down into three categories:

  1. Competitive Projects
  2. Facilitated Growth
  3. Market Driven Growth

Competitive Projects: These are projects that the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is responsible for creating — whether it’s new business, expansion of an existing business or the retention of a business currently in the state. An example of a Competitive Project is the recent expansion of HanesBrands in Clarksville. Learn more about AEDC

Facilitated Growth: Jobs created in an area (or industry) where the state has made a conscientious decision to invest funds to help stimulate or foster growth. For example, the state invests X dollars in tourism which resulted in Y total number of tourists to the state and Z total jobs.

Market-Driven Growth: Jobs created by market-driven growth come from our overall business climate in Arkansas, as well as all start-up businesses. Since assuming office in January 2015, Governor Hutchinson and the legislature have lowered taxes, reduced regulations, and increased the speed to market by cutting permitting time — all of which improve market-driven growth.

For more information on economic development in Arkansas, visit


The Governor's Office offers several online services to constituents. We've provided a list of them below for ease of access and use. Please let us know if there are additional services that you would like to see online. 

Scheduling Request

To request the attendance of Governor Hutchinson at meeting or function, please fill out the Online Scheduling Request for consideration.

Boards and Commissions Application for Appointment

To be considered for an appointment to an Arkansas Board or Commission, please fill out the Online Application for Appointment

Proclamation Request Form

To request a proclamation from Governor Hutchinson, please read the Proclamations Request Guidelines first and then submit a request using the Online Proclamation Request for consideration. Once they are submitted and approved, you may view the Proclamations online.

Contact Us Form

If you have a question or comment for the Governor's Office, you may use the Contact Us Form to submit your information.  

State Seal Use Form

To request the use of the Arkansas State Seal, please fill out the State Seal Form.

Application for Internship

Interesting in becoming an intern for the Office of the Governor? Apply now for consideration in our intern program.

Application for Employment

If you are interested in being added to the Governor's staff, please apply today.

Citizens Alerts

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News & Media


Our Office

The Governor's Office provides executive leadership to the State through many daily functions administered by the departments listed below.


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Proclamation Request Guidelines

Proclamations are issued by the Office of the Governor to increase awareness of important issues across the state.

  1. Proclamation requests and wording may be submitted using the Proclamation Request Form.
  2. All proclamations must be submitted to the Office of Correspondence with at least a 30-day notice to allow for the approval process and the production of the document itself.
  3. Proclamations may recognize a day, week, or month.
  4. Each proclamation request MUST come from an Arkansas resident. This includes requests from national, international, or out-of-state organizations.
  5. Proclamations are not issued in honor of living individuals or of organizations. Other forms of recognition for individuals are provided. For more information, contact the Office of Correspondence at 501-682-3623.
  6. Proclamations must have statewide significance.
  7. Proclamations should reflect inclusiveness, not exclusiveness, and recognize that the strength of our democracy is our diversity. It must not take sides in matters of political, ideological, or religious controversy, or individual convictions.
  8. Proclamations are not automatically renewed. Requests must be made on an annual basis. If the request is for a repeat of a previous proclamation, a copy of that document should be included with the request form.
  9. Proclamations are issued at the discretion of the Governor and must be approved by the Governor's Office.
  10. Each request should include the exact wording of your proclamation. However, the Governor's Office reserves the right to alter the wording of any requested proclamation.
  11. If your request for a proclamation is denied, you may be offered a letter from the Governor in its place.
  12. Organizations are limited to two proclamation requests within the same calendar year. Please prioritize your requests.
  13. Please do not make announcements or plans for the proclamation until you have received word of its approval from the Governor's staff.
  14. Proclamations must not be used in whole or as part of a for-profit advertisement or commercial promotion.
  15. All proclamations, once finalized, are posted on the Governor's Web site.

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