Balancing Public Safety, Cutting Red Tape

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Hutchinson has proposed keeping higher education funding flat in his $5.2 billion budget plan. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Governor Asa Hutchinson encouraged his appointed Red Tape Reduction Working Group Wednesday (Feb. 21) to balance protecting public safety with removing barriers to work opportunities.

He also reminded its members during their introductory meeting that others are watching what Arkansas does in this area.

The working group will produce a report about the state’s occupational licensing requirements this fall before the 2019 legislative session. Members include five state senators, five state representatives, and five other appointees, all appointed by the governor.   MORE

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