The Value of a Teacher

This week, I signed legislation that will increase the median salary of schoolteachers by $2,000 over the next two years. The raise is one way to show teachers we value their work, and this legislation was one of my top priorities. Senator Missy Irvin and...

Rounding the Bend with COVID

This time last year, I knew COVID-19 was a serious threat, but I was confident if we pulled together as a state and nation, then we could over time defeat the virus. Now we seem to have rounded the bend with the development of three effective vaccines. I am thankful...

The Rare Winter Storm of 2021

We still have eight days left in February, and already this is the third snowiest month in Little Rock since we started keeping records in the 1800s. And it is one of the most severe snowstorms statewide as well. The snow and cold temperatures forced utility companies...

Giving youth in our care a chance at a better life

In the past six years, much has changed in the way we treat young people in state custody, and today I’d like to talk about the ways we have reformed juvenile justice. After I was elected and before I took office, I made a surprise visit to the Alexander Juvenile...