Government & Politics Archive

Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/27/2014 03:42 pm

A proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted as a way to put major ethics reforms on the ballot. But the proposed constitutional amendment is facing growing opposition focused primarily on its term limits provisions.

Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 01:35 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is sponsoring legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.

Groups See Competitive Threat In Tyson Foods' Deal for Hillshire

by Marty Cook 7/25/2014 01:20 pm

A coalition of 82 farm, consumer and community groups urged the U.S. Justice Department to extend its antitrust division's review of Tyson Foods Inc.'s $8.55 billion deal to acquire Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago.

Arkansas Prison Board Seeks Proposals for New Prison

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 11:43 am

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is asking for proposals from communities interested in hosting a new, 1,000-bed state prison.

Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2014 08:52 am

Brandon Barber's day of reckoning approaches — he's scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison.

Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 07:32 am

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

Pulaski County Jail Reopens For First Time Since July 1

by Associated Press 7/24/2014 09:08 am

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden says the jail reopened at 6 a.m. Thursday. The jail had been closed since July 1, after its population rose to 1,281 inmates.

Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Counties

by Associated Press 7/23/2014 04:16 pm

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.

US Mint Unveils Marshals Museum Coin Designs

by Associated Press 7/23/2014 01:54 pm

The U.S. Mint has unveiled the designs of the three commemorative coins that will be sold next year to raise money for a planned $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in western Arkansas.

Arkansas Fire Chief Tapped as New Mayor of Huntington

by Associated Press 7/23/2014 10:22 am

A western Arkansas city council has chosen its fire chief to serve as mayor after its previous mayor resigned last month.

Mississippi County Court OKs Hospital Tax Vote

by Associated Press 7/23/2014 10:21 am

Mississippi County residents will go to the polls in October to vote on a new half-cent sales tax to help the county hospital system.

Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

by Lee Hogan 7/23/2014 09:22 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the group attempting to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour did not meet the required number of valid signatures. The group has until Aug. 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures.

Womack Backs GOP's Anti-Internet Sales Tax Stance

by Associated Press 7/23/2014 07:56 am

A Republican congressman from Arkansas who has advocated for legislation that would limit tax-free shopping online said Tuesday he agrees with a state GOP stance opposing any sales tax imposed by the federal government, saying he doesn't believe the two positions are in conflict.

Mike Beebe Appoints 43 to State Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/22/2014 02:34 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 43 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Group Asks Arkansas to Block Alcohol Measure

by Associated Press 7/22/2014 09:37 am

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas asked state election officials Monday to block the measure from the November ballot, claiming its petitions weren't submitted by the right deadline.

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Say-on-pay votes are not binding in the first place, and the vast majority pass, but say on pay is having an impact even for companies whose compensation packages get voter approval, and a perfect example is in Little Rock: Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

NLR Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment

by George Waldon 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over the $1.35 million acquisition of a treasure trove of historic Major League Baseball images recently took the field in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The heir and former keeper of the famed George Burke & George Brace Collection of photographic negatives sued North Little Rock businessman John Rogers and his Sports Card Plus Inc.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).