Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Governor: Special Session Planned Next Week

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 03:21 pm

Arkansas' governor says he'll call a special session next week for lawmakers to take up pharmacy reimbursement rates, highway funding and other issues.

Cantrell Drug, FDA Reach Settlement

by Mark Friedman 3/9/2018 03:15 pm

Cantrell Drug Co. of Little Rock and federal regulators reached a settlement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday morning in a legal fight that had threatened to close the drug compounding company.

In Reversal, Medical Pot Cultivator Picks Jackson County, Not Jefferson

by Kyle Massey 3/9/2018 11:17 am

In a stunning reversal that left officials in Pine Bluff "mad to the point of tears, practically," Natural State Wellness Enterprises LLC announced that it would put its medical marijuana cultivation facility in Jackson County.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $5.6B Budget

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 10:33 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved the state's $5.6 billion budget for the coming year, wrapping up this year's fiscal session in four weeks.

Hiring Surge Adds 313K Jobs in February, Most in 1 ½ Years

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 07:36 am

U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.

Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Keeping Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 3/9/2018 07:31 am

Arkansas' governor has signed into law legislation to continue the state's Medicaid expansion, which will impose a work requirement on thousands of participants this year.

Arkansas House Gives Final OK to Keeping Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 3/8/2018 07:02 am

Arkansas lawmakers voted Wednesday to keep the state's Medicaid expansion another year after federal officials said the state can require people on the program to work or volunteer to keep their coverage.

McDaniel: Marijuana Regulators Should Hire Director

by Lance Turner 3/8/2018 06:59 am

A former Arkansas attorney general who is now part owner of a marijuana cultivation business says the state Medical Marijuana Commission should hire an executive director.

Governor Sends $600K to State's Drug Task Forces

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2018 11:26 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson releases $600,000 in rainy day funding for the state's drug task forces.

Fort Smith Gets $8.5M DOT Grant for Bridges

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2018 10:31 am

Fort Smith will receive an $8.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to repair and rehabilitate three rail bridges that cross Clear Creek and the Arkansas River.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Keep Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2018 03:19 pm

An effort to continue Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year has cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature, a day after the Trump administration said the state could impose a work requirement on the program.

With Democratic Support, Senate Eyes Rollback of Banking Law

by Associated Press 3/6/2018 11:09 am

Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation's economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse.

Arkansas Legislative Panel Advances $5.6B Budget Plan

by Associated Press 3/6/2018 11:05 am

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced bills outlining a proposed $5.6 billion budget for the coming year.

ATU Names New Government Relations Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 03:56 pm

Ashley Golleher has been named director of government relations at Arkansas Tech University, effective March 1.

Work Requirement Approved for Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 11:36 am

The Trump administration on Monday approved Arkansas' plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on coverage for the poor.

Jefferson County Lands 2nd Medical Marijuana Grow Facility

by Kyle Massey 3/5/2018 07:28 am

A medical marijuana company that qualified last week to become one of the first five legal cannabis grow sites in Arkansas has decided to put its cultivation operation in Jefferson County.

Arkansas GOP Talks School Safety, But Not Guns (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 07:00 am

Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next year's session. But, unlike Republican counterparts in other states and even the president, they're declaring the issue of gun control off-limits.

Last US Rubber Band Maker in Arkansas Fights Competition

by Rolly Hoyt, KTHV-TV, Channel 11 3/5/2018 06:57 am

Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs has gone to Washington in a battle over rubber band dumping.

Medicaid Official Visiting Arkansas for Announcement on Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 06:53 am

A top Trump administration official is visiting Arkansas next week as state leaders await word on requests to impose a work requirement and scale back the eligibility of its Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday.

IRS Slaps Lien on Beaver Lake House Over $1.15M Debt

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 12:00 am

The IRS is going after a Benton County married couple for allegedly not paying federal taxes.