Government & Politics Archive

Options Slim After Defeat of Arkansas Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/20/2017 07:05 am

The defeat of an effort to put a highway initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year leaves highway advocates few options for finding new ways to close a growing funding gap.

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

by Kyle Massey 3/20/2017 12:00 am

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas' only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine.

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

by George Waldon 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As CEO of Southern Bancorp, Williams, 48, oversees blending the two worlds of a for-profit lender and a nonprofit community development financial institution.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Through the Years

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which researches a number of economic issues, is the source for the accompanying chart, which tracks Arkansas' unemployment rate from Jan. 1, 1976, through Dec. 1, 2016, when it stood at 3.9 percent.

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/20/2017 12:00 am

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III.

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Meet five leaders in business and education who are influencing their industries, their communities and the future of Arkansas.

Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansans have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box that they oppose predatory lending, but two state legislators are trying to make it easier for predatory lenders to operate.

Arkansas Lawmakers Vote to Remove Lee from King Holiday

by Associated Press 3/17/2017 04:22 pm

Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Governor Appoints Arkansas CEOs to Study State's Computer, Data Sector

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2017 10:19 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson forms a blue ribbon commission to study how to grow the state's computer science and data analytics sector. The 19-member commission is co-chaired by Acxiom Corp. founder Charles Morgan and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston.

GOP Senator Tom Cotton Complicates Trump, Ryan Efforts on Health Care

by Erica Werner and Kevin Freking, The Associated Press 3/17/2017 07:46 am

One of the loudest critics of GOP health legislation is not a Democrat or even a conservative rebel, but a Republican loyalist and staunch defender of President Donald Trump.

Chris Masingill Responds to Trump Budget, Which Would End DRA

by Lance Turner 3/16/2017 11:30 am

Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill is responding today to President Donald Trump's budget plan, which cuts or eliminates funding for a range of agencies and organizations. Among them, the DRA, which would be eliminated entirely.

Bradbury Family Foundation Gives $300K For Free Enterprise Scholarships

by Sarah Campbell 3/16/2017 10:29 am

Arkansas State University announces a $300,000 gift from the Bradbury Family Foundation of Little Rock that will fund merit-based scholarships to six students each year who enroll in the new Bradbury Free Enterprise Scholars Program.

Trump Budget Slashes Agencies to Focus on Wall, Defense

by Associated Press 3/16/2017 10:16 am

President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Arkansas Panel Closer to Public Building 'Bathroom Bill'

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/16/2017 06:52 am

An Arkansas Senate committee moved closer Wednesday to approving a bill to require that people in public schools and government buildings use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their birth gender.

Concealed Weapons Bill Awaits Asa Hutchinson's Signature

by Associated Press 3/16/2017 06:49 am

Permit holders who receive active shooting training would be able to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere in Arkansas, even the state Capitol, under a measure lawmakers sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday.

Fed Hikes Key Rate for Second Time in 3 Months

by Associated Press 3/15/2017 01:41 pm

The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaled that any further hikes this year will be gradual.

Eight Win Henry Awards at Tourism Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2017 01:17 pm

Winners of the annual Henry Awards were honored Tuesday during a luncheon at the 43rd Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism, which was held Sunday-Tuesday in Little Rock.

In Win for Solar, PSC Allows Grandfathering for Net Metering Customers

by Kyle Massey 3/15/2017 11:50 am

In a significant decision for solar energy, Arkansans who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

Ken Smith Retiring as AAEA Policy Director

by Kyle Massey 3/14/2017 04:57 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association surprised Policy Director Ken Smith with recognition on Tuesday, and he surprised everyone else with the news that he will be retiring.

Secret Police Possible at Arkansas Capitol, Perhaps Colleges

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/14/2017 03:47 pm

The agency that protects Arkansas' state Capitol and grounds now has the authority to operate in secret after the governor let a Freedom of Information exemption become law without his signature.

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