Government & Politics Archive

Under New Name, UA-Little Rock Institute Aims to Promote Economic Growth

by Todd Traub 6/19/2017 09:45 am

Under its new name, the Arkansas Economic Development Institute, based at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is refocusing as a proactive entity promoting economic growth in the state.

Still Shocking, Always Wrong (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/19/2017 12:00 am

Maybe it's a good sign that we can still be shocked by a mass shooting in America.

More CHOICE for Arkansas (Rep. French Hill Commentary)

by French Hill 6/19/2017 12:00 am

Community banks did not cause the 2008 housing and economic crisis. However, due to the regulatory creation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act — Washington's response to the crisis — small community financial institutions have borne the brunt of its effects.

Thank You, Caterpillar (Feedback)

by Darwin Hendrix 6/19/2017 12:00 am

A banker in southwest Arkansas commends Caterpillar Financial Corp., especially Jeff Sampson, as well as Gov. Hutchinson, federal, state and local elected officials, and all the many others for their efforts to successfully reopen the sawmill that had been closed since 2009.

Pope County Prosecutor to Lead Investigation of Saline County Circuit Judge This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission is investigating Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister over issues surrounding his taxes.

Northwest Arkansas' Most Expensive Home Sales of 2016 This article is available only in print.

by Marty Cook 6/19/2017 12:00 am

The number of seven-figure homes sold in Washington and Benton counties almost tripled in 2016 compared with the previous year.

Pulaski County's Most Expensive Home Sales of 2016 This article is available only in print.

by Mark Friedman 6/19/2017 12:00 am

Sales of luxury homes in Pulaski County jumped in 2016 to a number not seen since Arkansas Business began tracking them in 2004 – 29 homes sold for $1 million or more, up from 20 in 2015.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4 Percent

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/16/2017 11:02 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell in May to a new record low, 3.4 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from April and seven-tenths of a percentage point from May 2016.

Asa Hutchinson Hopes Panel Will Look at Online Tax Issue

by Associated Press 6/16/2017 07:36 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes a task force that will recommend changes to Arkansas' tax code will also look at a proposal to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes.

Congressman: Matt Mika Shows 'Feistiness' After Shooting

by Associated Press 6/16/2017 07:33 am

A Michigan congressman who worked with Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, who was critically wounded when a gunman attacked a Republican baseball practice outside Washington, said Mika is "starting to show his feistiness again."

Trump Grants Request for Disaster Assistance in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2017 11:09 am

President Trump has granted the governor's request for a disaster declaration for the state after damage due to storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 26 to May 19.

Family: Tyson Foods' Matt Mika Remains in Critical Condition

by Sam Hoisington 6/15/2017 10:37 am

A lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale remains in critical condition Thursday after being shot at a Congressional baseball team practice Wednesday.

How Fed Hike Will Affect US Consumers and Overseas Economies

by Associated Press 6/15/2017 07:07 am

The cumulative impact of another Federal Reserve interest rate hike — its fourth in 18 months — will range widely for individuals and businesses with loans or income-producing accounts.

Governor Announces Trip to Israel, France, Germany

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/14/2017 11:30 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will travel to Israel, France and Germany from June 17-24 on an economic mission.

Updated: Tyson Lobbyist Critical After Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

by Sam Hoisington 6/14/2017 11:15 am

A lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc. was among those injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at Congressional baseball team practice, Tyson has confirmed.

Pine Bluff Voters Easily Approve Sales Tax Increase

by Associated Press 6/14/2017 09:43 am

Voters in Pine Bluff have overwhelmingly approved a temporary sales tax increase that will fund the city's "Go Forward Pine Bluff" improvements initiative.

Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Casino Proposal

by Associated Press 6/14/2017 07:10 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in the state.

Farmer Running for East Arkansas Congressional Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/14/2017 07:08 am

A "semi-retired" rancher and farmer who hasn't sought political office before said Tuesday he's challenging an Arkansas Republican congressman as a Democrat next year.

Discipline Commission Investigates Saline County Judge

by Mark Friedman 6/13/2017 02:39 pm

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission says it is investigating Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister over issues surrounding his taxes.

Northwest Arkansas Council Names Nelson Peacock CEO

by Marty Cook 6/13/2017 11:12 am

The Northwest Arkansas Council named Nelson Peacock, a McCrory native and the senior vice president of government relations for the University of California system, as its CEO.