Around the South for Jan. 10: AR, FL & TN

Arkansas: Hutchinson proposes $5.6 billion budget. If Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has his way, the state’s budget will increase by some $173 million for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1. Most of the money would go to fund Medicaid, although $16 million would be targeted for highways and $48 million would be set aside for future tax cuts ……. Florida: Negron says “zero tolerance.” The same day state Senate President Joe Negron (R) announced there would be no tolerance for “sexual harassment or misconduct,” two senators, Anitere Flores (R) and Oscar Braynon (D) admitted that “our longtime friendship evolved to a level that we deeply regret.” They acknowledged they had “sought the forgiveness” of their families and asked for respect for there privacy. The affair became public when an anonymous source sent “surveillance” evidence to media outlets, reports Sunshine State News ……. Tennessee: Candidates happy with Trump. US Rep. Diane Black (R), a candidate for governor, flew from Washington to Nashville with President Trump on Monday for his speech to the American Farm Bureau Ass’n. The president had previously praised Black in a tweet for a “GREAT job in passing Budget, setting up big Tax Cuts.” And US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), who is seeking the GOP’s US Senate nomination, told CNN that Trump “is very popular in Tennessee” and she would welcome the president’s help in her campaign …….