Government & Politics Archive

State Seeks Pricing in New Bids for Tourism Ad Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/15/2017 04:52 pm

The state reopened the bidding process on its largest advertising contract Wednesday afternoon, seeking pricing information from ad agencies hoping to land a $14 million-a-year pact for marketing Arkansas tourism and the state parks system.

US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years

by Associated Press 2/15/2017 11:04 am

U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2017 09:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on announces appointments to boards and commissions.

Arkansas GOP Lawmakers Work on Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/15/2017 06:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're working on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, despite warnings from the Republican governor that such a measure isn't needed and could harm the state.

House Panel Rejects Effort to Collect Online Taxes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2017 04:14 pm

An effort to collect sales taxes in Arkansas from online retailers has failed before a House committee, days after Amazon announced it would begin collecting taxes on purchases in the state.

Former Wrestling Exec Linda McMahon Confirmed to Lead SBA

by Associated Press 2/14/2017 10:44 am

The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

New Bill Would Earmark Amazon Sales Tax for More Cuts

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/14/2017 06:51 am

Last week, Amazon announced it planned to voluntarily collect sales tax in Arkansas starting in March. Now, a bill filed in the House seeks to dedicate that revenue to reducing income tax.

Mike Beebe to Give Keynote at 2nd 'Under 40 Forum'

by Lydia McAllister 2/13/2017 07:00 am

Former Gov. Mike Beebe will be the keynote speaker for the second Under 40 Forum, scheduled for March 2-3 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton.

Pro-Trump Arkansas Resists Anti-Sanctuary Bill (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/13/2017 06:50 am

A legislative panel's rejection of an effort to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary campuses shows resistance by lawmakers to fully embrace the president's immigration rhetoric, even in a solidly red state.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 29th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Arkansas Nonprofit News Network Aiming for Impact

by Kyle Massey 2/13/2017 12:00 am

In an era when “fake news” is a rallying cry and the Trump administration is attacking the press as a “failing” opposition party, Lindsay Millar has launched the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network as a “nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans.”

The Short-Termism of Protectionism (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/13/2017 12:00 am

BlackRock Inc. has more than $5 trillion to invest, so when Larry Fink talks, corporations at least hear him out.

Quality Pre-K Important for Workforce, Military (Hugh McDonald and Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford Commentary)

by Hugh McDonald and Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford 2/13/2017 12:00 am

As the former president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas and as the former adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, we know from personal experience that one of the keys to success in business and in the military is the ability to look over the horizon and anticipate future challenges and opportunities.

Surety Bonds and Marijuana Dispensaries (Todd Bryant Commentary)

by Todd Bryant 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Among the requirements for the medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Arkansas is a medical marijuana surety bond.

Core Brewing Turns from Fort Smith, Ready To Head East

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Core Brewing & Distilling Co., the rapidly growing Springdale craft brewery, has abandoned its plans for a distillery in Fort Smith.

Robert Hopkins Steps Up at Little Rock Branch of Federal Reserve (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Robert Hopkins has been promoted to regional executive and senior vice president of the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Arkansas House Approves Effort to Limit Medical Pot Ads

by Associated Press 2/10/2017 03:18 pm

The Arkansas House has approved legislation aimed at preventing kid-friendly advertising and packaging of medical marijuana, and may soon consider banning any pot ads altogether.

Update: State Chamber Behind Bill to Clarify Workplace Terms of Marijuana Law

by Sarah Campbell 2/10/2017 12:45 pm

A bill backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to amend the state's new medical marijuana law was filed Monday by state Rep. Carlton Wing, R-North Little Rock.

State Cancels Bid Process for Tourism Advertising Contract

by Kyle Massey 2/10/2017 11:58 am

The State Office of Procurement canceled its bid solicitation for the state's biggest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year deal for marketing state tourism — just days before written responses from agencies were due.

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Taxes in Arkansas in March

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2017 11:20 am

Amazon says it will begin collecting sales taxes on purchases in Arkansas, a move that lawmakers have said could bring millions in additional revenue to the state.