Economic development in the State of Arkansas was the primary theme of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's keynote address during Tuesday Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was hosted by the Clark County Republican Party.

Economic development in the State of Arkansas was the primary theme of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's keynote address during Tuesday Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was hosted by the Clark County Republican Party.
According to Hutchinson, fostering economic growth in Arkansas was one of the primary duties he was elected to do.
"I believe that under any measurement, that we have done what we said we were going to do," said Hutchinson.
"I'm very pleased with what we've been able to accomplish economically," Hutchinson added.
According to Hutchinson, the state now has a 3.6 percent unemployment rate.
"This is the lowest in recorded history for this state," said Hutchinson.
In addition, approximately 59,000 jobs have been created since he assumed his role as governor.
"Hats off to the private sector for investing capital, taking risks and creating the jobs," said Hutchinson, who also stated that taxes have been reduced for middle and low-income individuals and for military retirees.
Hutchinson also noted improvements and commitments have been made to education.
"We also in our regular legislative session did something Clark County supported - the Clark County Quorum Court passed a resolution calling the legislature to separate Martin Luther King and give him his separate holiday. Our legislature responded to that, we passed that legislation, it was the right things to do for our state," Hutchinson said.
In special session, Hutchinson said legislators are trying to control the cost of Medicaid.
Given the fact that the state's unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, Hutchinson said it is important to move barriers to move more individuals into the workforce.
"We want people in Arkansas to work and they want to work," Hutchinson said.
Turning his attention to the acquisition of the Sun Bio Mill (Shandong Sun Paper), Hutchinson said it would not have occurred without Clark County's investment in economic development.
"You have done it and I am proud to stand with you," said Hutchinson.
The governor said he is optimistic about the future, the next generation and the future of the country.