Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas to Accept Medical Marijuana Card Applications

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 6/25/2017 07:55 pm

Arkansas' medical marijuana industry will ramp up in the next week, with the state poised to accept applications from potential patients, growers and distributors.

Senate GOP Releases Bill to Cut Medicaid, Alter 'Obamacare'

by Associated Press 6/22/2017 10:38 am

Senate Republicans release their long-awaited bill to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners.

Governor Tells Europe U.S. Is Still Committed to Global Trade

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/22/2017 09:43 am

Traveling in Germany, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says European business leaders were concerned about the U.S. being less committed to global trade.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Tick Up to Still-Low 241K

by Associated Press 6/22/2017 08:46 am

Slightly more people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.

Trevor Drown Running for Arkansas Secretary of State

by Associated Press 6/21/2017 01:39 pm

A Republican lawmaker says he's seeking his party's nomination for Arkansas secretary of state next year.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/21/2017 11:11 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the following appointments.

Springdale Wins All-America City Award

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/20/2017 11:59 am

Springdale on Tuesday announced that it has received the All-America City Award for helping young children achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

Arkansas Panel Recommends 2 Percent Raises for Officials

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/20/2017 11:52 am

An Arkansas panel is recommending a 2 percent raise for the state's elected officials and judges, despite a request from the state Supreme Court that it receive an 11 percent bump in pay.

Video: A Conversation On Leadership with Jon Harrison

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/20/2017 11:39 am

Arkansas Business' "Foundations" interview series continues with Jon Harrison, owner of VIP2 of Little Rock, which helps businesses through leadership training programs for staff at all levels.

Trump's Cuba Plan Puts Stone in Path of A Better Relationship (Ed Kardas Commentary)

by Ed Kardas 6/20/2017 09:49 am

Friday's news about Cuba was disheartening to Southern Arkansas University professor and Cuba expert Ed Kardas.

Applications Available for Arkansas Medical Pot Facilities

by Associated Press 6/20/2017 07:13 am

Applications are now available for those who want to sell or grow medical marijuana in Arkansas under a new constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for some patients.

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

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

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

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.