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As you know, inflation heated up in 2021, following years of pretty stable – and low – numbers. And now, early in 2022, we’re still seeing elevated prices. As a consumer, you may need to adjust your activities somewhat, but as an investor, how should you respond to inflation?

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The IRS recently announced that the 2021 tax filing season will officially begin Monday, January 24, 2022. This is the date the agency will begin accepting and processing 2021 returns, after having taken some time to program and test their systems to make sure they run as smoothly as possibl…

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Jesus was preaching in a packed house in Capernaum when four men carried a paralytic to Him for healing. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (Mark 2:5). The cause of sickness and disease is sin. Sin, sickness and death entered the …

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A November 2021 Gallup poll identified inflation as one of the top five most important issues for Americans. This is no surprise considering the price increases we’re facing for everyday essentials. Each month, our dollars stretch less and too many are forced to make difficult decisions abou…

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The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2022 fiscal session, which begins on Feb. 14.

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If you’re a teacher, you likely are dipping into your own pocket to buy classroom supplies needed to help your students. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this likely has become even more common for you, as COVID-19 protective supplies have been added to the mix of things needed.

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Sadly, identity theft happens throughout the year – but some identity thieves are particularly active during tax-filing season. How can you protect yourself?

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‘Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me” (Psalm 139:5). The psalmist gives a picture of a journey, a life. The ever-present God is always in the right place at the right time, supplying the need of His child who is the “apple” (Psalm 17:8) of His eye.

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Today I’d like to talk about how Arkansas has grown stronger over the last year and my plan for continuing that growth into the future. Thanks to the people of Arkansas, we have made this state one of the premier locations for business owners to put their roots down and conduct business that…

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Congress ended 2021 by strengthening national security and improving resources to our servicemembers and their families with passage of the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which will allow us to be better prepared for threats from our adversaries and protect o…

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Lake View school funding case.

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When you invest, you incur risk – there’s no avoiding it. But the concept of “risk” may be more expansive than you realized. And by understanding the different types of investment risk and how these risks can be addressed, you can improve your skills as an investor.

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Let’s wake up and look around. Creation is marvelous and speaks to all people. Look to the great Creator. Look at yourself. We soon see that we are passing away. Is this all?! Are all these beautiful babies born for seventy years of life and it’s over?! Do I just grow old and die? When God s…

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The Arkansas General Assembly will convene for the 2022 Fiscal Session on Monday, Feb. 14. Preparations for that session will begin in the next two weeks.

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When we hear the latest from Washington each day, it is easy to get distracted by the drama of disagreements. But what you don’t usually see on the news are the things we agree on, and the work behind the scenes that truly touches families and hardworking Arkansans.

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As you know, 2021 was full of challenges. We were still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic when supply chains shut down and inflation heated up. So, if you’re like many people, you might not be sorry to see the year come to a close. But now it’s time to look ahead to a brighter 202…

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In large part due to unstable employment situations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of new businesses have been created in the last twelve to eighteen months. If you are one of these, filing taxes for a business may be new to you. Most people understand that a business can deduct n…

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Christmas is my favorite time at the Governor’s Mansion and at the State Capitol. I love the expressions of the hundreds of visitors when they see how the First Lady and all of her volunteers have decked the halls with trees and garland and lights.

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State government had an eventful year in 2021, and much of the activity occurred in the Arkansas Senate.

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From reducing income tax to lowering the sales tax on used cars, there are several pieces of tax legislation passed in 2021 that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

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Philip went into Samaria and preached Christ. The people received the Word and many miracles were done among them. Unclean spirits were cast out; sick people were healed; and the lame walked. Men and women were baptized in the name of Jesus. “And there was great joy in that city” (Acts 8:8).

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LITTLE ROCK — Today I’d like to share the inspiring story of a dentist who recently moved back to Arkansas to open a dental clinic in the rural county where he grew up. The story of Giles Willis giving back to his state is a good one to share at Christmas.

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Arkansans are unfortunately all too familiar with the impact of Mother Nature and what it takes to rebuild after natural disasters. Now we face that undertaking again after a record-setting tornado system tore through Northeast Arkansas, claiming two lives and damaging property. The images a…

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From filling out a job application to completing a homework assignment, the vast majority of our day-to-day lives are dependent on internet access. It is no longer a luxury, and now is a critical time for our state to close the digital divide.

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When legal tax planning techniques become just a bit too popular and begin to cost the government big money (or they are needing to raise revenue to pay for something), they tend to become targets of Congress. Such is the case of an increasingly popular planning move that enables taxpayers w…

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LITTLE ROCK — In large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Human Services Department has a backlog of applications for Medicaid.

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If your parents are getting close to retirement age, or are already retired, it may be time to talk with them about financial and aging issues, some of which may involve difficult conversations. For the sake of everyone in your family, don’t avoid these “taboo” topics.

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LITTLE ROCK – Last week, I signed into law the most recent tax-cut bill that will lower state income taxes for all Arkansas taxpayers.

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The state of Arkansas adopted the nickname “The Natural State” in 1995 and for good reason – our land’s undeniable beauty, clear lakes and streams and abundance of natural wildlife. We have an opportunity to build on that important legacy. Congress is aiming to strengthen conservation effort…

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LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed a three-day special session in which it passed reductions in state income taxes that will save Arkansas families and businesses almost $500 million a year when they take effect.

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The legislature is scheduled to begin on December 7 a special session to consider reductions in individual and corporate income taxes.

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It’s human nature to want to make things easier for our loved ones – and to have great concern about adding any stress to their lives. In fact, 72 percent of retirees say that one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to the Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pilla…

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Today I’d like to talk about our progress in completing the Delta Heritage Trail, an 88-mile hiking and biking path through some of the prettiest landscape in Arkansas.

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For nearly 50 years, Americans who have held to a belief that all human life is sacred and valuable have grieved the fact that the United States is among a handful of nations – including Communist China and North Korea – that allow for abortion on demand beyond the point when babies can feel pain.

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Christ came fulfilling the Law, delivering the sinner from condemnation and death. He is the Servant of God, the Son begotten not to condemn but to save the world. “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth” (Isaiah …