Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Lawmakers Give Final OK to Governor's Highway Plan

by Associated Press 5/23/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming fiscal year.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Savings Plan for Long-Term Care

by Associated Press 5/23/2016 08:48 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed an agreement with the nursing home industry that's aimed at saving more than $250 million in Medicaid spending on long-term care for the elderly over the next five years.

Bathroom Debate Could Roil 2017 Arkansas Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/23/2016 06:37 am

The Arkansas Legislature avoided a fight during its special session on highways over which restrooms transgender people could use, but lawmakers on both side of the issue say it'll certainly be on the agenda when they return to the Capitol next year.

Scott Lambert Steps Up to Senior Examiner at State Bank Department (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 12:00 am

Lambert, formerly a credit analyst at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Stuttgart, joined the bank department in 2013.

Asa Hutchinson's Highway Funding Plan Heads to Final Vote

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 04:06 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway funding plan won initial approval from lawmakers Friday, while an attempt to limit his $50 million proposal to one year appeared dead.

Lawmakers Eye Competing Highway Plans

by Associated Press 5/20/2016 07:49 am

Arkansas lawmakers advanced competing proposals to raise more money for state highways Thursday as they kicked off a session focused on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to bring in an additional $1 billion in federal funds for roads over the next five years.

Arkansas Lawmakers Side With Governor on LGBT Guidance

by Associated Press 5/18/2016 03:43 pm

Arkansas lawmakers are joining with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to encourage schools to disregard an Obama administration directive that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Leslie Rutledge Asks Court to Dismiss Suit Over Ethics Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/18/2016 03:41 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging her rejection of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Panel Decision on Officials' Pay Could Come Next Month

by Associated Press 5/18/2016 10:56 am

The chairman of an Arkansas panel looking at elected officials' salaries says he'd like a decision next month on whether to call for another pay hike.

Broyles-Backed Publicity Rights Bill Gets 2nd Chance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/17/2016 05:05 pm

A publicity rights bill backed by legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles' family that was vetoed last year is getting a new chance before lawmakers as they meet for a special session this week.

In Conway, Leaders Find Education at Root of Economic Growth

by Alexis Hosticka 5/17/2016 02:09 pm

A skilled, educated workforce is key to attracting and growing business in a particular region. That was the message repeated by economic developers during a panel at Outlook Conway, an economic development conference examining various industries in the north metro region.

Asa Hutchinson Tweaks Highway Funding Plan for Session

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/16/2016 03:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has backed away from his plan to tap into vehicle sales tax revenue to fund Arkansas' highways and instead wants to use some of the state's investment returns.

Developers Propose Apartments for Donaghey Building

by Alexis Hosticka 5/16/2016 10:10 am

The Donaghey Building at Seventh and Main streets in Little Rock is on the agenda for the city board of directors meeting on Tuesday, with an applicant seeking to rezone the site to a multi-use development.

Session Sets Stage for Later Fight on Road Funding (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/16/2016 07:06 am

No matter what happens when Arkansas lawmakers meet this week to take up the governor's highway funding plan, one thing is clear: This won't be the end of the debate over how to pay for the state's road needs.

No Charge From Nabholz for Insurance Department Building Budget

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Insurance Department spokesman Ryan James said the department asked Nabholz to run some numbers “for informational purposes.” No bids or proposals were sought and no payment made for the one-page estimate dated April 25.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Never Say Never (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

This is the perfect time to increase the fuel tax. Gasoline remains relatively cheap in historic terms, and the price per gallon can easily fluctuate by 5 cents per day. If we are going to have decent roads, we need an adequate and reliable funding mechanism — and spending the state rainy-day fund and nickel-and-diming other government needs just screams inadequate and unreliable, doesn't it?

Suckers 'R' Us (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Here we go again. Yet another out-of-state company wants to get itself written, by name, into our state constitution as a protected casino monopoly. And people you'd expect to have more respect for their home state — lawyers, political consultants, economic developers — have signed on to help.

Little Rock Wastewater CEO Greg Ramon: Pipe Dreams Won't Require Money Going Down the Drain

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Greg Ramon, who has 26 years of experience in the water and wastewater sector, replaced Reggie Corbitt, who was fired as LRW CEO in January 2014 over what police described as “questionable expenditures.”