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AAC F A M I L Y & F R I E N D S


state government. On Tursday, we launched a program we are confident will accelerate that transformation. I am confident this will succeed because we are tapping into the best resource available: the 3 million people who live in Arkansas. We call this project MyIdea. MyIdea is a statewide high-tech suggestion box that allows anyone with an idea and access to a computer or a telephone to submit tips for trimming govern- ment or improving government service. Some of the nation’s most successful products were discovered in employee suggestion boxes, including 3M’s Post-it notes and Amazon-dot-com’s Prime membership program. But MyIdea is not an employee suggestion box. It is for


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every citizen to make suggestions on how we can do better in state government. To quote Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart: “Tere is only one boss. Te customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” MyIdea gives you a direct line to tell us how we can improve the delivery of services for the customer. Te three-step process is simple: Go to the website, which is


MyIdea.arkansas.gov. In the first box, we will ask you to tell us your idea. In the second box, we will ask you to tell us how to imple- ment your idea.


Te last step is to give us information about yourself and how


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The MyIdea Project


rom the day I took office in January 2015, one of my primary goals has been to cut out unnecessary gov- ernment and to streamline the parts of government that are worth keeping. I want to transform Arkansas


to contact you, although that is not required. We will accept anonymous suggestions. If you would prefer to offer your idea by phone, the num- ber is 844-7-MYIDEA. We will monitor the agencies as they consider your suggestions. Em- ployees of the state’s Department of Finance will monitor the website and phones. We have not added a single job in state government to implement this initiative. DFA will forward each idea to the head of the appropriate agency. I have instructed each agency to re- spond within 30 days. And you will be contacted to thank you for your idea and to let you know if we will be able to use it. We are launching MyIdea to help me to keep my promise to transform government. In addition, I have appointed Amy Fecher chief transformation officer. Amy is executive vice presi- dent of operations for Arkansas Economic Development. In the spirit of MyIdea, Amy accepted this significant addition to her responsibilities without an increase in salary. Te best ideas often come from those who see a process with fresh eyes. I hope to hear from a lot of you.


From The Governor


Hon. ASA


HuTCHINSON Governor of Arkansas


Asa Hutchinson Te Honorable Asa Hutchinson Governor of Arkansas


Legislators address healthcare in First Extraordinary Session of 91st


After they had adjourned their regular session sine die, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson addresses the state legislature and calls a three-day Extraor- dinary Session of the 91st General Assembly. During the session, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 5, which will transfer funds of $105 million from the Arkansas Health Century Trust Fund to the newly created Long Term Reserve Fund. Lawmakers also passed the Senate and House ver- sions of legislation authorizing state policymakers to reduce income eligibility limits from 138 percent to 100 percent of the federal poverty level for using federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for Arkansans.


COUNTY LINES, SPRING 2017


— Photo and information by Holland Doran 11


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