Government & Politics Archive

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Seek Deeper Tax Cuts in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 10:52 am

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million proposal to cut income taxes for more than 600,000 low-income residents.

With Job Announcements, Firms Appear to Seek Trump's Approval

by Associated Press 1/18/2017 10:47 am

From Wal-Mart to General Motors to Amazon, a growing number of the world's largest companies appear to be trying to get in step with President-elect Donald Trump's demand that employers hire and keep jobs at home.

CTEH Adds California Office

by Gwen Moritz 1/18/2017 10:14 am

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health LLC, which is based in North Little Rock, has added an office in southern California to its growing network.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Junk Food Ban for Food Stamps

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 06:59 am

Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to purchase soda or junk food under a proposal endorsed by a legislative committee Tuesday, joining a list of Republican-led states hopeful the Trump administration will allow such restrictions to the federal program.

Arkansas House OKs Delay in Medical Marijuana Launch

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2017 06:51 am

The Arkansas House voted Tuesday to delay the launch of the state's voter-approved medical marijuana program and ease a restriction on doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Wants Consolidation of Cities

by Associated Press 1/17/2017 03:26 pm

The city of Walnut Ridge is hoping to consolidate with another city this year with the intention of growing economically and improving quality of life.

Former Razorback Ryan Hale Shifts to New Career Planning Bike Trails

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/16/2017 12:00 am

After five-plus years as a program officer at the Walton Family Foundation, Ryan Hale has left to start his own consulting company.

Election Effect Boosts Arkansas Banks

by George Waldon 1/16/2017 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. and Home BancShares Inc. were among those companies enjoying sizable stock price bumps during the past two months.

No Contract, No Conflict: Logic of a Lottery Ad Bid

by Kyle Massey 1/16/2017 12:00 am

Reasons given by the state procurement director on why CJRW was picked for a lucrative Arkansas State Lottery contract over two others has puzzled several Little Rock ad professionals.

Righting an FOI Wrong (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/16/2017 12:00 am

The recent downfall of former state Rep. Micah Neal provides us a good opportunity to make an appeal to his former colleagues in the Legislature to undo some of the damage he did.

Cox Adds Angela DeLille as Manager in Springdale (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/16/2017 12:00 am

Angela DeLille has been hired as the manager of government and regulatory affairs at Cox Communications in Springdale. She previously worked for the Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/13/2017 03:28 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments.

Arkansas Lawmakers Say They'll Move Quickly on Tax Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/12/2017 03:44 pm

Top Arkansas lawmakers say they'll move quickly on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $50 million tax cut for low-income residents, but say there are questions about part of his plan to give military veterans a tax break.

Advanced Energy Association Sets 2017 Priorities

by Kyle Massey 1/12/2017 03:42 pm

Improving Arkansans' access to low-cost financing for energy efficiency projects and removing barriers to the spread of homemade renewable energy are among the legislative priorities announced by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association.

Republican-led US Senate Takes First Step to Repeal 'Obamacare'

by Associated Press 1/12/2017 11:24 am

By a near party-line 51-48 vote early Thursday, the GOP-run Senate approved a budget that eases the way for action on subsequent repeal legislation. Republicans plan to get legislation voiding Obama's law and replacing parts of it to Donald Trump by the end of February, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said.

Bills: Arkansas Panel Must Issue Tax Cut Plans by Fall 2018

by Associated Press 1/12/2017 06:59 am

Legislation detailing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million tax cut plan calls for a task force looking at other tax code changes to issue its recommendations by September 2018.

Arkansas Lawmakers Endorse Delay on Medical Pot Launch

by Associated Press 1/11/2017 03:25 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a plan to delay the launch of the state's medical marijuana program and a proposal removing a requirement that doctors recommending the drug say benefits outweigh its risk.

Trump Business Will Pursue US Deals, but Not Foreign Ones

by Associated Press 1/11/2017 11:20 am

Donald Trump's business will continue to pursue deals in the United States, though not abroad, while he is president, and he will relinquish control of the company.

Marianna Man Gets 2 Years for Children's Food Program Fraud

by Associated Press 1/11/2017 10:07 am

A Marianna man who says he plotted to defraud a feeding program for children in low-income areas has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to make $380,000 in restitution.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission to Allow 32 Vendors

by Associated Press 1/11/2017 10:04 am

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says it will allow 32 dispensaries to be evenly distributed among the state's four congressional districts.