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Asa Hutchinson announces run for re-election as governor

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:06 AM

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a formal news release today announcing his plans to run for re-election in 2018.

It's not exactly news. He's been raising money for months and has $528,000 on hand in his primary campaign treasury and $167,000 in his general election treasury for the 2018 race. He also, as yet, has no announced opposition.

He takes credit for "significant job creation and economic growth," though lagging state revenues indicate some weakness in the prosperity generated by historic low unemployment. His release also touted his computer coding initiative, tax cuts and a hiring freeze in state government (I've been unable, despite several weeks of asking, to get a breakdown of the 1,400 jobs Hutchinson says he's eliminated. I'm curious which were filled to begin with.)

This is as good a time as any — with state merit pay on hold and state employees looking at maybe a 1 percent raise next year after several years of no gains — to share the state governor's office payroll and the pay raises each staff member has gotten since the first of the year. They can testify to Hutchinson-era prosperity.





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