Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Health Task Force Nearing Recommendations

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 11/24/2015 12:42 pm

A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.

US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in 3Q

by Associated Press 11/24/2015 08:33 am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought.

SBA Loans in Arkansas Increase 111 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/23/2015 03:05 pm

Arkansas' performance exceeded the national average and includes a 34 percent increase in numbers of loans, the SBA said.

Sun Paper, Hutchinson Sign Intent Letter to Study $1.4B South Arkansas Plant

by Lance Turner 11/23/2015 11:23 am

A long-planned paper plant in south Arkansas has taken another step forward. Shandong Sun Paper Industry on Monday signed a letter of intent with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to study building a $1.4 billion pulp mill in the area.

Arkansas Has Mixed History on Welcoming Refugees (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/23/2015 07:09 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's opposition to locating any Syrian refugees in Arkansas is the latest chapter in the state's mixed history on welcoming those who have been displaced by war, natural disaster and other upheavals.

Arkansas Unemployment Falls to 5.1 Percent in October

by Lance Turner 11/20/2015 11:00 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in October, down from 5.2 percent in September and 5.8 percent in October 2014.

Richard Mays Sues Tech Park Board, Raises Asking Price

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2015 10:30 am

Little Rock attorney Richard Mays on Thursday sued the Little Rock Technology Park Authority and other officials, challenging the board's authority to take his property under eminent domain.

Arkansas Panel: Look at Tax Hikes, Revenue Shifts for Roads

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2015 05:30 pm

A task force on Thursday recommended several options for boosting money for Arkansas roads, including tapping into car sales tax revenue and raising fuel taxes, but stopped short of endorsing a specific plan to address a highway funding shortfall.

Report: Clean Line Project Could Mean $660M Impact in Arkansas

by Alexis Hosticka 11/19/2015 11:26 am

The construction and operation of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project could equate to more than $660 million for the Arkansas economy, according to researchers from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

O'Malley Holding Fundraiser in Arkansas in December

by Associated Press 11/19/2015 11:04 am

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is holding a fundraiser in Arkansas next month, visiting rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's adopted home turf.

Eldridge Calls for Suspending Syrian Refugee Relocation

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/18/2015 05:05 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge says the resettlement of Syrian refugees should be suspended in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris while the vetting process is reviewed.

Chad Causey Opens Causey Law Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/18/2015 04:56 pm

Chad Causey, formerly a principal and general counsel with Noble Strategies, has founded the Causey Law Firm P.A., which will focus on state and federal regulatory law, general counsel services, litigation and business-related immigration issues.

FIS CEO Gary Norcross to Speak at Little Rock Chamber Meeting

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/18/2015 09:47 am

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 150th annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, featuring Gary Norcross, president and CEO of FIS, a Fortune 500 global banking and payments technology company.

Paul Bookout Gets Sentencing Hearing Delay

by Associated Press 11/17/2015 05:13 pm

A sentencing hearing for a former Arkansas lawmaker who pleaded guilty to spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items has been postponed.

Asa Hutchinson to Tout Arkansas at American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

by Lance Turner 11/17/2015 05:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is continuing his trade mission in Asia, beginning his second full day in Japan with a schedule that includes a speech at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Wednesday in Nagoya.

Hutchinson: Vetting Not Strong Enough for Syrian Refugees

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/17/2015 04:04 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is defending his opposition to relocating any Syrian refugees in the state, arguing there's not a strong enough vetting process before they enter the country.

EPA Intends Tougher Downwind Air-Pollution Rule in Arkansas, Other States

by Associated Press 11/17/2015 03:08 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Tech Park Board Extends Property Deadline for Richard Mays

by Mark Carter 11/16/2015 04:25 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board votes Monday to give Richard Mays until Friday to accept the board's offer of $845,000 for his 10,000-SF property at 415 Main St.

Hutchinson Announces Board, Judicial Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 01:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced the latest Arkansas board and judicial appointments.

Asa Hutchinson Opposes Syrian Refugees in State

by Associated Press 11/16/2015 12:12 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll oppose any efforts to relocate Syrian refugees in his state in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.