Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas House Backs Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2016 02:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic to save the program covering more than 250,000 poor people.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve First Major Budget Bill

by Associated Press 4/21/2016 12:02 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval to the first major budget bill of the session, sending the governor a measure that had stalled during the impasse over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas Senate Approves Plan to Preserve Medicaid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2016 03:00 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to preserve the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that required supporters to initially vote to end the subsidized health coverage. Republican opponents have predicted a legal challenge to what they call an end-run around the budget process.

Stall on Appropriations Bill Ends With Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 02:18 pm

The Arkansas House has passed a bill authorizing reimbursements for court officials and members of the Legislature for their travel expenses in the next fiscal year.

City Planners Approve Movie Theater, Retail Space for Bentonville

by Sarah Campbell 4/20/2016 11:03 am

The Bentonville Planning Commission on Tuesday approved construction of a mixed-use retail building and what will be the city's only movie theater.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Plan to Save Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/20/2016 06:58 am

Arkansas lawmakers broke a stalemate over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion Tuesday after Democrats acceded to an unusual plan that'll require them to initially vote to end the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.

Watch Live Video of Johnny Key's Noon News Conference on Superintendent Change

by Associated Press 4/19/2016 11:47 am

The Arkansas Department of Education has picked Bentonville's superintendent to lead the state-run Little Rock School District.

US House Approves Measure to Rename Perryville Post Office

by Associated Press 4/19/2016 06:57 am

U.S. Rep. French Hill says the U.S. House has passed a resolution to rename the post office in Perryville after an Arkansas native who was killed in the Vietnam War.

Hutchinson Tries to Sway Democrats on Backup Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 01:01 pm

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders are trying to persuade wary Democrats to back a plan to save Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion by initially voting to defund the subsidized health coverage for thousands of poor people.

A Look at Budget Impasse Over Arkansas Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 07:04 am

Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week hoping to resolve a budget standoff over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion and a host of other programs for the poor and disabled.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 07:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

‘He Was a Gentleman' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/18/2016 12:00 am

Ray Thornton, who died last week at the age of 87, recalled an earlier era in Arkansas politics, when compromise wasn't considered treason, when people could be political foes but personal friends or, at least, friendly.

Taxing Times: IRS Data on Refunds

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2016 12:00 am

The IRS issued more than 119 million refunds amounting to almost $403.3 billion in fiscal year 2015 after collecting more than $3.3 trillion in gross taxes.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 4 Percent in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2016 11:09 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from February to 4 percent in March, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Legislators Hit Impasse Over Funding Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/14/2016 05:03 pm

Republican opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion blocked funding for the program Thursday, leaving lawmakers scrambling to find a way to save the expanded coverage for thousands of poor people and resolve a standstill over the state's budget.

Tyson Foods Proposes $136M Processing Plant at Green Forest

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2016 11:44 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Wednesday proposed a new $136 million, 200,000-SF processing plant near its existing operation in Green Forest.

Arkansas Lawmakers Head Toward Standoff on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2016 07:08 pm

Arkansas lawmakers barreled toward a budget standoff over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion as they began their legislative session Wednesday, with opponents showing little sign of retreating from their push to defund the program

Katie Grygar Named Communications Director for Tim Griffin

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 03:39 pm

Lieutenant Gov. Tim Griffin today announced the hiring of Deputy Legal Counsel and Communications Director Katie Grygar.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 01:52 pm

Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards, commissions, committees, councils and the state Supreme Court.

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 01:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.