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Mike Beebe's Public Statements

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Aug. 11, 2014 Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students to High-Speed Broadband
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 23, 2014 Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties
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.
June 13, 2014 Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network
March 17, 2014 Governor Beebe Issues Line-Item Veto
March 10, 2014 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons
Nov. 4, 2013 Arkansas State Police Administrative Investigation Regarding Department of Community Correction Complete
Sept. 27, 2013 Arkansas Receives Federal Approval for Arkansas Private Option
Aug. 23, 2013 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Human Trafficking
June 5, 2013 Governor Beebe to Request Rainy Day Funds for Health Education Grants
April 2, 2013 Governor Beebe Receives Arkansas Private Option Letter From HHS Secretary Sebelius
Feb. 26, 2013 Governor Beebe Vetoes House Bill 1037
Feb. 19, 2013 Governor Beebe Announces 28 Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Feb. 4, 2013 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons
Aug. 17, 2011 STEM Education Announcement
May 13, 2011 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Path Out of Poverty
Feb. 14, 2011 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons
Jan. 4, 2011 Comprehensive Study of Arkansas Corrections System Complete: Governor's Legislative Plan to Incorporate Findings
Dec. 2, 2010 Governor Beebe Ends Freeze on Cost of Living Adjustments for State Employees
Nov. 9, 2010 Governor Beebe Seeks Attorney General Opinion on House District 24 Election
Oct. 18, 2010 Veterans Support Governor Beebe for Re-election
Oct. 11, 2010 Arkansas Tops Nation in Improved Advanced Placement Scores
Oct. 4, 2010 Beebe Endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police
Oct. 1, 2010 Beebe Endorsed by National Rifle Association, AR Sportsmen
Sept. 21, 2010 Arkansas Economy Continues Upward Climb in Per-Capita Income Ranking
Aug. 17, 2010 Governor Beebe Authorizes Release of Additional Lottery Scholarship Funds
Aug. 3, 2010 Governor Beebe Requests No Fee Increases For State Parks
June 4, 2010 Comprehensive Corrections Study Aims to Contain Costs, Improve Public Safety
May 25, 2010 Governor Beebe Authorizes $1,000,000 in Disaster Funds for Storm Victims
May 18, 2010 Governor Beebe to Seek Closure of Alexander Human Development Center
May 6, 2010 Governor Beebe Announces Intent To Grant Pardons
May 4, 2010 Governor Beebe Authorizes Rainy Day Funds to Protect State Services
May 3, 2010 Governor Beebe Declares Ten Counties Disaster Areas After Weekend Storms
March 15, 2010 Governor Beebe Declares Three Counties Disaster Areas After Recent Storms
Jan. 11, 2010 Revised Budget Forecast To Cut State Budget For Current Fiscal Year
Nov. 9, 2009 Governor Beebe Expands Arkansas Works Initiative To Offer Job Training, Career Education
Oct. 22, 2009 Arkansas Farmers May Already Be Eligible For Federal Aid
Oct. 20, 2009 Revised Forecast To Cut State Budget For Current Fiscal Year
Oct. 15, 2009 Mitsubishi Announces Intention To Locate Wind Manufacturing Plant In Arkansas
Dec. 5, 2008 Governor Beebe Releases Funds To Purchase Earthquake Monitors
Nov. 24, 2008 Governors Blunt and Beebe Sign Historic Bistate Water Agreement
Sept. 28, 2008 Horning Warns Hoosiers to Brace for Difficult Times and Challenge Party Loyalty
Sept. 14, 2008 Governor Beebe Requests Federal Aid for Arkansas Crops Damaged by Gustav
Sept. 2, 2008 Governor Beebe Appoints Arkansas Supreme Court Justice
Aug. 22, 2008 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons
July 10, 2008 Governor Beebe Takes First Step Toward Creation of Arkansas Trauma System
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