Governor Mike Beebe's Public Statements

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Full Name: Mike Beebe
Current Office: Governor, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Ginger; 3 Children: David, Tammy, Kyle
Birth Date: 12/28/1946
Birth Place: Amagon, AR
Home City: Searcy, AR
Religion: Episcopalian
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Issue Position: Cutting Taxes, Balancing the Budget Issue Position: Education Issue Position: Jobs 7/25/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Pursuing International Investment 7/23/14 Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties 7/17/14 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 7/11/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires 7/11/14 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires 7/09/14 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. 7/04/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: European Opportunities 6/27/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Calling in the Legislature 6/20/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Milestone in Veterans Care 6/13/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Aaddress: New Jobs Across Arkansas 6/13/14 Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network 6/06/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years 5/30/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Healthy Results 5/28/14 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Maya Angelou 5/23/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Standing To Volunteer 5/16/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Promise That Still Delivers 5/09/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: National Cuts To The National Guard 5/02/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Strength and Recovery 4/25/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Pace With Global Competition 4/18/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Tourism Treasures 4/11/14 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Rewarding Educational Excellence 4/04/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Our Underground Infrastructure 3/28/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas Grown 3/21/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Feeding Our Future 3/17/14 Governor Beebe Issues Line-Item Veto 3/14/14 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Statewide 3/10/14 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons 3/07/14 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: The Private Option Passes 2/28/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Army National Guard Cuts 2/28/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Protecting Those Who Protect Us 2/21/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Good Results From Health Care Payment Reform 2/14/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Agents of Change and Equality 2/07/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Farm Families Persevering 1/31/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: How Health Care Policy Impacts Prisons 1/24/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Still Time for Flu Protection 1/17/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Budget Decisions Ahead 1/10/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: More Improvement Needed 1/03/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A New Election Year 12/27/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Progress In Fighting Hunger 12/23/13 Letter to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi - Clear Path for Trade and Investment 12/20/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Closer To Home For Christmas 12/13/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Stronger Health Care Infrastructure 12/11/13 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Senator Jim Hill 12/05/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Winter Weather 11/27/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Setting Our Mega-Sites 11/22/13 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Thankful For More Than We Know 11/15/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas's New Promise