Arkansas-side delegation visits capitol

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Business and community leaders from Texarkana, Arkansas. spent Wednesday at the state capitol building, meeting with Governor Asa Hutchinson and other state officials.

The Texarkana Chamber of Commerce organized the event to give local leaders a chance to talk to their elected officials face to face about what’s important to them.  The delegation chatted with Governor Hutchinson during a photo opportunity. 

Hutchinson was all smiles during what he called a refresher course on what concerns people in the southern portion of the state.  “They addressed issues to me from the highways to education to our tax cut,” he said. Hutchinson was referencing his plan to lower the state income tax rate to 5.9%. The plan failed in the senate on Tuesday but officials remain confident.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin told NBC 6 News early Wednesday, “I think ultimately it will pass.” Hutchinson added, “That’s part of the goal of my tax plan. We can lower the rate, we can be more competitive, showcase the state, bring industry here and grow our economy.”

Other big topics of the day included transportation. Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President Mike Malone said, “We’re very supportive of the I-49 development, to get that highway done. Education, how can we help education expand to meet workforce needs, medical, what we can do in the Arkansas Works program that affects our medical facilities and our citizens.”
 

Lt. Governor Griffin emphasized the importance of hearing from Texarkana residents because of their unique view of how the economies of other states are performing.

 

The delegation was expected to return to Texarkana on Wednesday night.

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