Government & Politics Archive

Trump Budget Slashes Agencies to Focus on Wall, Defense

by Associated Press 3/16/2017 10:16 am

President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Arkansas Panel Closer to Public Building 'Bathroom Bill'

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/16/2017 06:52 am

An Arkansas Senate committee moved closer Wednesday to approving a bill to require that people in public schools and government buildings use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their birth gender.

Concealed Weapons Bill Awaits Asa Hutchinson's Signature

by Associated Press 3/16/2017 06:49 am

Permit holders who receive active shooting training would be able to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere in Arkansas, even the state Capitol, under a measure lawmakers sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday.

Fed Hikes Key Rate for Second Time in 3 Months

by Associated Press 3/15/2017 01:41 pm

The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaled that any further hikes this year will be gradual.

Eight Win Henry Awards at Tourism Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/15/2017 01:17 pm

Winners of the annual Henry Awards were honored Tuesday during a luncheon at the 43rd Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism, which was held Sunday-Tuesday in Little Rock.

In Win for Solar, PSC Allows Grandfathering for Net Metering Customers

by Kyle Massey 3/15/2017 11:50 am

In a significant decision for solar energy, Arkansans who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

Ken Smith Retiring as AAEA Policy Director

by Kyle Massey 3/14/2017 04:57 pm

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association surprised Policy Director Ken Smith with recognition on Tuesday, and he surprised everyone else with the news that he will be retiring.

Secret Police Possible at Arkansas Capitol, Perhaps Colleges

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/14/2017 03:47 pm

The agency that protects Arkansas' state Capitol and grounds now has the authority to operate in secret after the governor let a Freedom of Information exemption become law without his signature.

Bid to Send Highway Plan to Arkansas Voters Fails in House

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/14/2017 03:45 pm

A bill to ask voters to approve a highway improvement plan that would be paid for by raising taxes on gas and diesel has failed in the Arkansas House.

Arkansas House Panel Advances Campus Gun Bill

by Associated Press 3/14/2017 01:00 pm

A bill that would allow people with a concealed carry license to carry their firearms at Arkansas colleges, some bars and many state buildings if they undergo additional training has advanced out of a House committee.

Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2017 11:14 am

Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

Arkansas Governor: Report Underscores Concerns with GOP Bill

by Associated Press 3/14/2017 07:13 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a budget analysis of the Republican health care plan underscores the need for Congress to take a second look at the proposal and concerns he's raised about it.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to a Record 3.8 Percent

by Sarah Campbell 3/13/2017 09:58 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in January to the lowest on record, 3.8 percent. The rate was 3.9 percent in December and 4.2 percent in January 2016.

Asa Hutchinson's Medicaid Plans Uncertain (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/13/2017 07:35 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to move 60,000 people off Arkansas Works and require many of them to work may face a future as uncertain as that of the federal health care law that enabled the expanded coverage.

Liquor Stores Ready for Next Front in Alcohol War

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

The battle has been lost but not the war. So says Francois Guilloux, managing partner of There Performance Group of Little Rock, a liquor store industry consultancy.

Bill Seeks to Change Procurement Process; Businesses Want to Understand It

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Procurement laws are complicated, state Sen. Jimmy Hickey says, and he should know: He has helped rewrite them more than once.

I've Never Been So Insulted (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Lately, I'm not sure anything is an insult — at least nothing that is intended to be. Words hurled as put-downs seem to be promptly turned into slogans.

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/13/2017 12:00 am

This week is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to public information and open government. It's timely, considering that the 91st General Assembly has been busily chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, already less robust than it was when it was a national model 50 years ago.

El Dorado Airport Awaits Decision On Airline Service Provider

by Sarah Campbell 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Whether passengers will soon be flying again from the South Arkansas Regional Airport in El Dorado is up in the air as the U.S. Department of Transportation reviews the community's appeal of the airline selected to provide subsidized Essential Air Service.

Frugal Fort Smith Airport Looks Ahead

by Marty Cook 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Director John Parker of the Fort Smith Regional Airport is proud of its well-earned reputation for getting the most out of old equipment.

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