Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas National Guard Breaking Ground on Fort Chaffee Project This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas National Guard Morale, Welfare & Recreation Fund Inc. is building a 17,040-SF structure to sell military and law enforcement equipment and sundry items.

Tax Reform Poses Threat to Historic Preservation Program This article is available only in print.

by Jan Cottingham 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Tax reform proposals wending their way through Congress threaten federal historic tax credits, financial incentives that Arkansas developers, government officials and historic preservationists say have been crucial to economic development efforts in the state.

Making NLR's Argenta a 24/7 Business Beacon This article is available only in print.

by Kyle Massey 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Architect Bill Gray hopes to transform downtown North Little Rock into a business and residential beacon centered on the $4.4 million Argenta Plaza project and the mixed-use buildings set to rise around it.

Accountant Colin Gorman on What Construction Expense State Lawmakers Should Fix First

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Colin Gorman, the managing partner of EGP PLLC, has some suggestions for the state Legislature.

Sexual Harassment Claims: What Companies Can Do (Michelle Kaemmerling Commentary)

by Michelle Kaemmerling 12/8/2017 11:09 am

Employers are wise to promptly and thoroughly investigate all claims of harassment or inappropriate conduct.

Robust US Hiring Underscores Economy's Growing Momentum

by Associated Press 12/8/2017 07:34 am

U.S. employers added a substantial 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market's enduring strength in the economy's ninth year of expansion, and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent.

Applications for US Jobless Benefits Drop Again to 236K

by Associated Press 12/7/2017 10:39 am

The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 236,000, the lowest level in five weeks and further evidence of the strength in the labor market.

AP Interview: On North Korea, Tom Cotton Says China a Problem

by Laurie Kellman and Richard Lardner, The Associated Press 12/7/2017 10:34 am

China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States on dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging interview Thursday.

Arkansas Rice Federation Director Testifies About Riced Vegetables

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/6/2017 12:47 pm

Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Lauren Waldrip Ward testified before the Joint Senate & House Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday about the industry's concern over riced vegetables.

Senate Panel Approves Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman

by Associated Press 12/5/2017 10:31 am

The Senate Banking Committee has given approval to President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Former Prosecutor Appointed Circuit Judge in Saline County

by Associated Press 12/5/2017 10:28 am

A former Saline County prosecuting attorney will become a Saline County Circuit Court judge.

LR Businessmen Announce Cashless System for Medical Marijuana Industry

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 07:05 pm

Four Little Rock businessmen have launched a company that will offer cashless banking services to the state's new medical marijuana industry through an Arkansas bank that has not yet been identified.

Report: Arkansas Revenue Above Expectations in November

by Associated Press 12/4/2017 10:08 am

Arkansas finance officials say better than expected individual income tax collections helped push the state's revenue above forecast last month.

Judge's Threat May Prompt Court, Legislative Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/4/2017 07:02 am

An Arkansas judge's threat to block the state from issuing any birth certificates if lawyers don't quickly fix a law that was found discriminatory could open up a new fight with a state Supreme Court.

Arkansas to Name Legal Medical Marijuana Growers on Feb. 27

by Associated Press 12/4/2017 06:56 am

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says the highest-scoring bids to become the first legal growers of medical marijuana in the state will be announced Feb. 27.

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 12:00 am

I'm weary of the trope about running government like a business, but both honest government and honest business require enough employees to segregate duties and create internal controls.

Judge Eisele (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/4/2017 12:00 am

G. Thomas Eisele, the long-time federal judge in Little Rock who died Nov. 26, was a rare jurist: a Republican respected by Democrats, a man who treated the powerless with the same courtesy he treated the powerful, a warm man with a fierce intellect.

ATRI Weighs In on Infrastructure

by Marty Cook 12/4/2017 12:00 am

There were few surprises among the recommendations in a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Legislative Auditor Roger Norman Examines Where Most Accounting Issues Take Place

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Norman, a past president of the National State Auditors Association, serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

Top Republican Claims Enough Votes for Senate OK of Tax Bill

by Associated Press 12/1/2017 11:31 am

Senate Republicans steamed toward passage of a $1.4 trillion tax bill Friday, overcoming eleventh-hour hitches in their drive to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump by Christmas.