Governor Beebe to Give State of the State Address Tuesday


Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will give his State of the State address Tuesday morning in Little Rock.

Members of the 89th General Assembly are anxious to hear what he has to say as the republicans take control of the house and senate.

“I think he’s gonna sort of lay out his priorities,” said Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville. “I know the legislature has its own.”

Both parties expect the governor to address this shift.

“I think the governor’s gonna do a good job and he’s gonna talk about working together,” said Sen. Bart Hester, R-Bentonville. “I think he’s proven that he wants to work with us.”

The possibility of expanding Medicaid to more Arkansans is expected to be addressed. Both parties also expect Gov. Beebe to bring up his plan to trim the grocery tax even more.

“Every state of the state that he’s done so far has been chippin’ away at the grocery tax,” said Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale.

The governor’s address begins at 10:30 a.m. He is term limited. Gov. Beebe told the Associated Press there won’t be any major surprises in the speech.

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