Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Rice Federation Director Testifies About Riced Vegetables

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/6/2017 12:47 pm

Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Lauren Waldrip Ward testified before the Joint Senate & House Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday about the industry's concern over riced vegetables.

Senate Panel Approves Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman

by Associated Press 12/5/2017 10:31 am

The Senate Banking Committee has given approval to President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Former Prosecutor Appointed Circuit Judge in Saline County

by Associated Press 12/5/2017 10:28 am

A former Saline County prosecuting attorney will become a Saline County Circuit Court judge.

LR Businessmen Announce Cashless System for Medical Marijuana Industry

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 07:05 pm

Four Little Rock businessmen have launched a company that will offer cashless banking services to the state's new medical marijuana industry through an Arkansas bank that has not yet been identified.

Report: Arkansas Revenue Above Expectations in November

by Associated Press 12/4/2017 10:08 am

Arkansas finance officials say better than expected individual income tax collections helped push the state's revenue above forecast last month.

Judge's Threat May Prompt Court, Legislative Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/4/2017 07:02 am

An Arkansas judge's threat to block the state from issuing any birth certificates if lawyers don't quickly fix a law that was found discriminatory could open up a new fight with a state Supreme Court.

Arkansas to Name Legal Medical Marijuana Growers on Feb. 27

by Associated Press 12/4/2017 06:56 am

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says the highest-scoring bids to become the first legal growers of medical marijuana in the state will be announced Feb. 27.

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 12:00 am

I'm weary of the trope about running government like a business, but both honest government and honest business require enough employees to segregate duties and create internal controls.

Judge Eisele (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/4/2017 12:00 am

G. Thomas Eisele, the long-time federal judge in Little Rock who died Nov. 26, was a rare jurist: a Republican respected by Democrats, a man who treated the powerless with the same courtesy he treated the powerful, a warm man with a fierce intellect.

ATRI Weighs In on Infrastructure

by Marty Cook 12/4/2017 12:00 am

There were few surprises among the recommendations in a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Legislative Auditor Roger Norman Examines Where Most Accounting Issues Take Place

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Norman, a past president of the National State Auditors Association, serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

Top Republican Claims Enough Votes for Senate OK of Tax Bill

by Associated Press 12/1/2017 11:31 am

Senate Republicans steamed toward passage of a $1.4 trillion tax bill Friday, overcoming eleventh-hour hitches in their drive to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

Fed Board Member, State Economic Forecaster Assess Economy

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/1/2017 10:53 am

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, fielded questions Friday about President Donald Trump's pick to head the Federal Reserve Board, the GOP tax plan and the future of banking regulations.

PSC Solar Hearing Has 'Mic-Drop Moment'

by Kyle Massey 12/1/2017 08:46 am

After the state attorney general's office made a case Thursday to allow Arkansas utilities to essentially pay less for electricity generated by customers with solar power systems, citing language in a 2015 law, the law's sponsor begged to differ.

Solar Power Rate Debate Draws Crowd to PSC

by Kyle Massey 11/30/2017 01:08 pm

The Arkansas attorney general's office came down squarely on the side of utility companies Thursday morning as the state Public Service Commission heard testimony on whether rooftop solar customers should get less compensation for the excess power they put onto the electrical grid.

Trump Weighs Plan to Replace Tillerson with Pompeo; Cotton Could Lead CIA

by Associated Press 11/30/2017 11:51 am

Putting Pompeo at the State Department would create a vacancy at the CIA, which U.S. officials and others familiar with White House thinking said could be filled by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Document Advertises Little Rock Marriott for Sale

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 11/30/2017 10:58 am

A Dallas commercial real estate broker is circulating a document advertising the Little Rock Marriott for sale.

Fed Report: Employers Raising Wages in Tight Labor Market

by Lance Turner 11/29/2017 03:22 pm

Employers in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six nearby states, say they are raising starting wages and salaries to attract new workers amid a tight labor market.

Crucial Hearing in Solar Debate Is Thursday

by Kyle Massey 11/29/2017 11:54 am

After nearly a year and a half of debate on the value of rooftop solar power generated at homes and businesses in Arkansas, a day of reckoning is at hand.

US Economy Expanded at Brisk 3.3 Percent Pace

by Associated Press 11/29/2017 10:03 am

Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.