WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Inside of a packed Studio on Main Street in Walnut Ridge, Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke about his plan for the future.
He spoke heavily on creating new jobs and at the same time, taking people off of welfare and SNAP benefits. The governor also thanked Arkansas voters for approving issue 2, allowing him to travel to Memphis and still be governor, he said to laughs.
Hutchinson spoke to NEA Report and said he was surprised by Tuesday’s election results. When asked if he was happy with the results, he said would “know in six months.”
While it remains unknown what Hutchinson will be waiting to see in the next several months of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first term, one concern to Arkansans could be Trump’s stance toward Cuba relations, which presently stand to benefit The Natural State in an enormous way. Chicken farms and rice farms in particular could see a large increase in exports, according to statements made by U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford. Hutchinson himself spoke of the importance he has placed in being a “cheerleader” for Arkansas economic growth and named Cuba in his travels.
However, less than one month ago, Trump tweeted he would be reversing executive orders which normalized relations with Cuba.
Aside from concerns about the future of relations with Cuba, in Walnut Ridge, several were honored for their service to the community and several retiring members as well as new leaders emerged at the banquet.
NEA Report streamed the event live and it can be watched, including the governor’s speech, below.