Asa Hutchinson in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Abortion: Now we're the number one pro-life state in the nation

In each session, each general session while I have been governor, we have also supported children suffering from abuse, increased our support for foster children, and we have passed prolife legislation. And now we're the number one pro-life state in the nation.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Crime: Let's not be last state to enact hate crimes legislation

Let me move to a more difficult subject, hate crimes legislation. The main objection that I hear from my conservative friends, is that it gives some people more protection than others. The only way we can come together on this is for us to listen to each other, and to step into others's shoes. Polls show that a clear majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support passage of this kind of legislation. Let's not be the last to enact it. Let's lead and do what is important for so many.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Education: Raise average teacher salaries $2,000 over next two years

When it comes to our public schools, I support another round of increased pay for teachers. My goal is to raise average teacher salaries by $2,000 over the next two years. You have already signaled your support to raise teacher pay. You've paved the way, you've led the way, and we can work together to accomplish this goal.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Principles & Values: When the election is over we need to come together

We witnessed a violent mob assault our nation's Capitol. They attacked the foundations of our democracy. A presidential election often divides the country along political and cultural lines. And I understand the passion. It is okay to be passionate. But we must not let passion cloud our common sense and our commitment to our state and nation. And when the election is over, then we need to come together, united to strengthen our democracy and heal our land.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Tax Reform: Lower tax rate for new residents to 4.9% for five years

To pay for tax cuts, we need to continue to grow our economy and bring people to Arkansas. If we can lower our tax rate for new residents to 4.9% for five years, then we will attract new Arkansans who will create jobs, spend money, and pay taxes. And it sets a goal for us as well to lower our tax rate in a similar way for all citizens. And if we don't get there, the tax break for new residents will sunset.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Technology: $30 million to expand high-speed internet into rural areas

I'm also asking for support to expand high-speed internet into more rural areas of our state. We have to reduce the digital divide. We have to provide education fairly in all areas of our state. And it takes high-speed internet to do this and so much more from improving the quality of life to attracting businesses and entrepreneurs. I've set aside $30 million for this purpose in our proposed budget. If we can, let's do more, it is such a great need for our state.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

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