A big move coming from Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) as says he will no longer be a candidate for the U.S. Congress, District 4 seat. In a statement released to Talk Business Arkansas, Darr said:
“After careful thought and deliberation, I will not be seeking the Fourth District position in the United States Congress. I feel that my priority needs to be focused on my family and sometimes trying to achieve titles gets in the way of that. I look forward to serving out my current term as Lt. Governor and helping my friends get elected or re-elected should they desire my assistance. I have made many friends across this state.. . young and old. .. Democrats and Republicans and for their unwavering support I am humbled.”
Another big move coming as Arkansas lawmakers say it doesn't matter who wins next year's governor's race -- they're moving forward with tax cut plans for the 2015 session. The largest, an income tax cut that will shave off 57-million dollars from the state budget in two years. But tax committee members told KARK they need to come up with a plan regardless if a democrat or a republican wins in 2014. House and Senate tax committees will continue working on their ideas for cuts over the next year, leading all the way up to the 2015 session.
Finally, A legislative committee heard testimony from David Hopkins. He's the superintendent of the Clarksville School District, which spent 70-thousand dollars training teachers to carry guns. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says that plan goes against state law. A new law does allow schools operated by churches to arm staff members.
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