Priorities

Computer Science, Economic Development, Tax Cuts, Efficiencies, and Veterans are Governor Hutchinson's highest priorities. The following highlight some of his biggest accompishments in these areas.

Leading the Nation in Computer Science

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Leading the Nation in Computer Science

Arkansas Is Leading

  • First state to require CS to be taught in all public high schools
  • 460% increase in students enrolled in computer science classes since the 2014-15 school year.
  • Only state to adopt Code.org’s 9 policy ideas for computer science.
  • Distributed $1M in stipends to Arkansas teachers to be trained to teach computer science courses.
  • Allocated $500,000 of CS budget for stipends for elementary and middle school teachers wanting to learn to teach CS. 
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Leading the Nation in Computer Science

100% Statewide Broadband Connectivity

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Leading the Nation in Computer Science

There's a Tech Job in Arkansas for You!

ARTechjobs.com

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Cutting Taxes

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Cutting Taxes

$102 Million Middle Class

  • In 2015, Governor Hutchinson fulfilled his top campaign promise by signing the Middle-Class Income Tax Cut of $102M, the largest cut to the income tax rate in Arkansas history.
  • This tax cut returned as much as $540 annually to nearly 500,000 taxpayers
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Cutting Taxes

$50.5 Million Lower Income

  • In 2017, Governor Hutchinson signed the second largest cut to the income tax rate in Arkansas history—$50M. This cut targeted low-income Arkansans.  
  • Removed approximately 120,000 taxpayers from the rolls.  
  • 90% of the state’s individual income taxpayers will benefit from substantive tax relief legislation since Governor Hutchinson took office in 2015.
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Cutting Taxes

Retired Military Tax Cut

  • In 2017, the Governor signed legislation eliminating the income tax on military retirement pay.
  • Goes into effect starting  January 2018.
  • Make Arkansas a more military-friendly retirement destination and improve the economy by encouraging veterans to start their second careers or open a business in Arkansas.   
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Growing Arkansas’s Economy

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Growing Arkansas’s Economy

Arkansas Job Creation Map

Arkansas Job Creation Map

Growing Arkansas’s Economy

Trade Missions

  • China, Japan, Cuba, Germany, England, France, Israel and Mexico
  • 364 New and Expanded Business Announced 
  • $8.007B in Capital Investment 
  • 14,166 New Jobs or new number
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Growing Arkansas’s Economy

Agriculture, Arkansas' #1 Industry

  • 3-day trip in 2015
  • credited with helping to open markets to Arkansas poultry (AR is the 2nd largest chicken-producing state in the U.S.)
  • After the Cuba trip, Cuban government ordered 4,500 tons of poultry from Arkansas companies – Tyson Foods and Simmons Foods
Agriculture, Arkansas' #1 Industry

Caring for Our Veterans

Caring for Our Veterans

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Caring for Our Veterans

9 New Veterans Service Offices Across the State

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Caring for Our Veterans

New Veterans Homes

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Transforming State Government

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Transforming State Government

Strategy for Arkansas

Strategy for Arkansas

Transforming State Government

2015 Consolodations

  • Arkansas Department of Rural Services to Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
  • Arkansas Science and Technology Authority to Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
  • Division of Land Survey to Arkansas Geographic Information Office
  • Arkansas Building Authority to Department of Finance and Administration – Management Service
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Transforming State Government

2017 Consolidations

  • Office of Energy to Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality - Act 271
  • Office of Health Information Technology to Department of Health - Act 270
  • War Memorial Stadium Commission to Department Parks and Tourism - Act 269 
  • Eliminated 19 boards and commissions
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Transforming State Government

MyIdea for Arkansas

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RISE Arkansas

R.I.S.E. Arkansas | Reading Initiative for Student Excellence

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RISE Arkansas

R.I.S.E. Arkansas Goals

  • Increase the number of students in grades 3-8 who meet the ACT Aspire reading readiness benchmark by 10% within 3 years.
  • Rise above the bottom third in state comparisons within 5 years on the 4th-grade NAEP reading assessment.
  • Increase the number of graduates meeting The ACT reading readiness benchmark by 10% within 5 years.
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