Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7 Percent in April

by Alexis Hosticka 5/27/2015 08:43 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of percentage point from March, coming in at 5.7 percent in April, according to a report Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Servics.

Appeals Panel Won't Lift Hold on Obama Immigration Action

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 07:03 am

President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

Committees Approve Move to Consolidate State Agencies

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 07:01 am

Two legislative committees have agreed to a proposal by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to move several small state agencies into larger departments.

Arkansas AG Rejects Language for Campaign Finance Issue

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 07:00 am

Arkansas' attorney general has rejected language for a proposed initiated act on campaign financing that would go before voters next year.

Bill for 'SEC' Primary Fails in Senate Committee

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/27/2015 06:50 am

Legislation to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March failed Tuesday to make it out of a Senate committee, while a House committee narrowly advanced an identical bill.

Change in Arkansas DWI Law Stalls Before Senate Panel

by Associated Press 5/27/2015 06:49 am

A proposal to change Arkansas' driving while intoxicated law to prevent the state losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding has stalled before a legislative panel.

Danielson Not Seeking Re-Election on Arkansas Supreme Court

by Associated Press 5/26/2015 04:02 pm

Associate Justice Paul Danielson says he's not seeking re-election to the Arkansas Supreme Court, while a state judge who served in the Legislature is launching a bid for his seat.

Arkansas Lawmakers to Meet for Session on Defense Project

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/25/2015 10:00 am

A little over a month after wrapping up their regular session, Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to take up an incentive package aimed at luring a major defense project to the state.

First Electric's Don Crabbe on Measuring Energy Conservation by the Meter

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Don Crabbe leads First Electric Cooperative Corp., which was created in 1937 and now serves more than 91,000 members.

A Task Force We Can Back (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a variety of task forces to address a variety of issues: health care reform, criminal justice, Common Core. We have a suggestion for one more: the Task Force on Ways to Reduce the Administrative Bloat in Arkansas' Public Colleges & Universities.

Someone's Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

I'm not a doctor or lawyer, but I am the only journalist who tried to warn the public about Dr. Richard Johns, so I'm hereby granting myself license to pour out my heart in a way that is — as I was reminded by the lawyer for the State Medical Board — “not objective.”

Legislators Miss Opportunity (Jacob Bundrick Commentary)

by Jacob Bundrick 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas legislators are fully aware of the state's tax problem. In fact, they freely admit it. Yet legislators continue to throw away opportunities to correct Arkansas' onerous manufacturing taxes.

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year.

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Mark Friedman 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield's remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Firm Tells Court Arkansas Should Return $1.3M in Gas Tax

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 07:49 am

A Texas-based company is asking Arkansas' highest court to require the state to return more than $1.3 million in taxes it collected on sand that was used in natural gas drilling.

USDA Grants, Loan Announced for Northeast Arkansas Towns

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 07:47 am

Arkansas' U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. Rick Crawford have announced two U.S. Department of Agriculture grants and one loan to three communities in northeast Arkansas.

Archives Show Hillary Clinton OK'd Tax Breaks for Nonprofits

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 07:44 am

As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations, recently released documents show.

Asa Hutchinson Proposes $87M Bond Package for Lockheed Martin

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/21/2015 11:24 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing issuing $87 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin land a defense contract for its Camden facility.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 11:01 am

The selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2016 class of inductees.

Gauge of US Economy Jumps 0.7 Percent in April

by Associated Press 5/21/2015 10:43 am

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in April by the largest amount in nine months, a sign that the economy is beginning to accelerate from a sharp slowdown during the winter.