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Asa Hutchinson to Address State House, Senate Today

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/10/2017 06:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is making his case to lawmakers for a legislative agenda that includes a $50 million plan to cut taxes for low-income residents.

MHP Offers Pay Comparison for Lottery Marketing Work

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2017 05:03 pm

In a letter to Lottery Director Bishop Woosley, President Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl of Mangan Holcomb Partners says CJRW is poised to reap more state money for the same work.

Tax Cuts Dominate State's Legislative Session Agenda

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/9/2017 03:32 pm

This year's Arkansas legislative session, which began Monday, has Republicans facing divisions over competing tax cut plans months after the party expanded its majorities in the Legislature.

Metroplan Report Predicts Growth in Tech Sector

by Sarah Campbell 1/9/2017 10:46 am

Metroplan releases its 2016 Economic Review and Outlook, noting economic trends for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A Better Class of Crooks (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/9/2017 12:00 am

It's only been eight months since I pulled out the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior, but Micah Neal's surprise guilty plea last week is just irresistible.

Taking Temptation Off the Table (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/9/2017 12:00 am

A smart lawmaker avoids temptation. Smart government avoids putting temptation in his way.

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2017 12:00 am

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it's too early to predict an outcome.

Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2017 12:00 am

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift.

Renewable Trend in Energy May Be Beyond Trump's Grasp

by Kyle Massey 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Donald J. Trump won the presidency after a campaign largely negative to renewable sources like solar and wind power, but forces in favor of cleaner power could prove even bigger than The Donald.

Balancing Work Life, the Law and Marijuana as a Medicine

by Marty Cook 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Despite disapproving political leaders, more than 53 percent of Arkansas voters were ready to give qualifying patients a chance to feel better through marijuana.

The Sales Tax: Consumers Get It (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 1/9/2017 12:00 am

If voters know exactly what a sales tax is for — a new jail or community center or fire station, an economic development incentive for a new factory, a local road project — the likelihood local voters will support the local tax is greatly increased.

Session Dry Run for Arkansas Governor's 2018 Bid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2017 12:58 pm

The legislative session that begins on Monday could determine what headwinds Asa Hutchinson will face in next year's election.

Identities of Unidentified Players in Neal Indictment Revealed

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 12:00 pm

Everybody's talking about the alphabet soup of unindicted people and entities described in state Rep. Micah Neal's plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Arkansas Business has determined the identities of several of them.

Former State Senator Stanley Russ Dies

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 11:19 am

Former State Sen. Stanley Russ, 86, of Conway died Thursday. He served in the Legislature from 1975-99, as president pro tempore from 1995-97 and as majority leader in 1997.

US Employers Add 156K Jobs, Jobless Rate Rose to 4.7 Percent

by Associated Press 1/6/2017 07:33 am

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring. The report is the last major snapshot of the economy that President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama.

Protests Rejected, CJRW Stands to Win Lottery Contract

by Kyle Massey 1/5/2017 04:51 pm

The Office of State Procurement has rejected the second of two rival protests to the awarding of a five year, $34.5 million contract to Little Rock advertising agency CJRW to work for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Arkansas Partners With Facebook to Give Schools Virtual Reality Kits

by Sarah Campbell 1/5/2017 02:16 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Facebook announce a partnership to provide 500 Oculus Rift virtual reality kits to 250 high schools, educational co-ops and STEM education centers across the state.

UA's Transportation Center Awarded $1.4M Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2017 09:25 am

The University of Arkansas says its researchers and collaborators at five other institutions have been awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to continue designing supply-chain networks to optimize resources and minimize congestion on navigable waterways.

Asa Hutchinson Touts Tax Cut Plan as Lawmakers Float Delay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/5/2017 06:50 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended his $50 million tax-cut plan for low-income Arkansans as the House speaker floated the possibility that lawmakers may not enact any tax cuts in the coming session.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over LGBT Protections

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 06:48 am

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will hold oral arguments Feb. 2 in the state's appeal of a Washington County judge's decision upholding Fayetteville's anti-discrimination ordinance.

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