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Mike Beebe's Public Statements

Office: Governor (AR), Democratic
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Issue Position: Jobs
Issue Position: Education
Issue Position: Cutting Taxes, Balancing the Budget
Sept. 12, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: 20 Years of AmeriCorps
Sept. 5, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Investing in Scientific Research
Aug. 29, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Training Future STEM Educators
Aug. 22, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt
Aug. 15, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Big Potential for Broadband
Aug. 11, 2014 Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students to High-Speed Broadband
Aug. 8, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Leading the Nation
Aug. 5, 2014 Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation
Aug. 1, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Degree Matters
July 25, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Pursuing International Investment
July 23, 2014 Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties
July 17, 2014 Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Harry Reid, Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader; Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader - Export-Import Bank
July 11, 2014 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires
July 11, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires
July 9, 2014 Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise program. The Commission's Firewise team works collaboratively with statewide fire departments on issues of wildfire prevention, response, and awareness-building. The program provides excellent hands-on training to firefighters, teaching them to recognize the unique challenges presented where developed areas are in close proximity to forested areas. In Arkansas, almost all communities fit this profile. The program encourages local solutions for safety, involving homeowners in preparing in advance for the risk of wildfire. It educates firefighters on ways to communicate with residents about the particular risks in those surroundings, so that brush, grass and forest fires don't have to become disasters. A major component of the program is the development of Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans. By identifying high wildfire-risk areas, departments can make wiser decisions about station locations, resource allocations and the distribution of safety material. And this is valuable training, because wildfires present different challenges than structural fires. That knowledge alone makes communities safer. And, by completing different steps in the program, fire departments also earn grant money that is used to purchase wildland firefighting gear, making communities safer still. Additionally, when community fire departments obtain their Firewise certification, it improves the department's Insurance Service Office ranking. This could potentially lower insurance premiums for area residents. And one day, Arkansans in communities that have obtained Firewise certification may automatically receive lower insurance rates, as is the case in California. I'm proud that for almost 10 years, Arkansas has had more Firewise communities than any other state. Last year, one of those communities - the town of Norphlet in Union County - was one of five recognized nationally for its fire-mitigation efforts. Norphlet, like many other towns in Arkansas, has been a Firewise community for several years. The high recertification rate indicates that Arkansas communities see much value in the program. Interested communities can receive help from Forestry Commission staffers, who are willing to visit fire crews and walk them through program requirements. This support is especially useful considering that most Arkansas fire departments are volunteer-based. Firewise is an easy-to-understand program with handouts, resources, how-to guides and carefully planned training initiatives. So far this year, the Arkansas Forestry Commission has suppressed more than 1,000 wildfires that burned approximately 15,000 acres. More than 75 structures have been lost. We are hopeful that Mother Nature will bring mild weather to Arkansas, thereby lowering wildfire risk, but our communities must always be prepared to protect lives and property. Firewise is one of the best ways to insure that preparation, and it's easy. By investing time in training, communities across Arkansas can avoid devastation from fires and maintain the signature lush beauty that our State is known for.
July 4, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: European Opportunities
June 27, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Calling in the Legislature
June 20, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Milestone in Veterans Care
June 13, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Aaddress: New Jobs Across Arkansas
June 13, 2014 Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network
June 6, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years
May 30, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Healthy Results
May 28, 2014 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Maya Angelou
May 23, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Standing To Volunteer
May 16, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Promise That Still Delivers
May 9, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: National Cuts To The National Guard
May 2, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Strength and Recovery
April 25, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Pace With Global Competition
April 18, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Tourism Treasures
April 11, 2014 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Rewarding Educational Excellence
April 4, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Our Underground Infrastructure
March 28, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas Grown
March 21, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Feeding Our Future
March 17, 2014 Governor Beebe Issues Line-Item Veto
March 14, 2014 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Statewide
March 10, 2014 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons
March 7, 2014 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: The Private Option Passes
Feb. 28, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Army National Guard Cuts
Feb. 28, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Protecting Those Who Protect Us
Feb. 21, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Good Results From Health Care Payment Reform
Feb. 14, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Agents of Change and Equality
Feb. 7, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Farm Families Persevering
Jan. 31, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: How Health Care Policy Impacts Prisons
Jan. 24, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Still Time for Flu Protection
Jan. 17, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Budget Decisions Ahead
Jan. 10, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: More Improvement Needed
Jan. 3, 2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A New Election Year
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