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Ark Gov Forms Panel For Spending $1.5 Billion Federal Relief

Courtesy: Arkansas Governors Office

PANEL FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF—Arkansas Governor  Asa Hutchinson has formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion dollars  the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process.   The Republican governor on Tuesday signed an order creating a 14-member steering committee for the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion relief measure that became law in March.  During his announcement- Hutchinson explained how the federal money should be used.

"It needs to be investments that we can make that does not incur long-term spending and indebtedness to the state," Hutchinson explained. "And so not necessarily programmatic investments as much as capital investments is what I hope we can look for; obviously we're going to have some short-term humanitarian needs that will be a part of it as well."

"It needs to be investments that we can make that does not incur long-term spending and indebtedness to the state." Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Hutchinson formed a similar committee for the coronavirus relief money that was approved last year. Part of the federal coronavirus relief funding includes a $300-a-week unemployment supplement.  Hutchinson has directed the Department of Workforce Services to end the state's participation in the program June 26th citing businesses in retails, restaurant and other sectors are having difficulty in getting jobs filled.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' experience to Red River Radio having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host, talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television. He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant. In pursuit of higher learning, Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.