NOW: Gov. @AsaHutchinson is now speaking in the Arkansas House Chamber - "Buckle your seatbelt...we have a lot of work to do." #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: "Last week, we witnessed a violent mob assault our nation's Capitol. Each person who breached the heart of our democracy must be prosecuted to the full extend of the law." #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: I expect us to meet the challenge of the moment and to pass legislation that will give our healthcare workers help to defeat the Coronavirus. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: We must take action to reward our teachers who make a difference everyday for the next generation. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: "We have moved $800 million from the government checkbook into hands of individuals across our state." (referencing tax cuts over the years) #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: We are beginning this session in the best budget position in the last decade with a $200M allocated surplus. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: Despite the limitations on travel, 2,200 new jobs were created and millions of dollars were invested in the state over the last year. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: The current emergency rules are in place until Feb 27th- prior to that date you need to act. I trust you will affirm the emergency and continue the rules: Telemedicine, educational waivers, immunity liability for business and healthcare workers #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: We need stable funding for contact tracing, making vaccines more available and helping our educational system. "I support another round of increase pay for teachers." #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: "Make your own judgement on merits and fairness of the bill." (On efforts to pass a hate crime bill - a law he supports) #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: The main objection I hear from my conservatives friends, it gives some people more protections than others. - "It applies equally" he says. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: "The time to act is now." "Let's not be the last to enact it." (Arkansas is just one of three states without a hate crime law) #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: Let's reduce the sales tax on used cars worth $4,000-$10K cars to 3.5% and give relief. (Currently 6.5%)
2. Lower our tax rate to 4.9% for new residents for five years to attract new Arkansans to create jobs, spend money. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews
Gov: I ask you to expand high speed internet into more rural areas of our state.

I ask you to support legislation that will require a computer science course as a graduation credit. #arnews #arpx #arleg @KATVNews

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