Government & Politics Archive

Contractors Cite Job Losses, Hope for Infrastructure Investment

by Sarah Campbell 11/29/2016 12:35 pm

The Associated General Contractors of America says Little Rock metropolitan area placed fourth out of 358 metros nationwide in construction jobs lost between October 2015 and October 2016.

US Economy Grew at 3.2 Percent in 3Q

by Associated Press 11/29/2016 10:17 am

The U.S. economy in the third quarter grew at the fastest pace in two years, with a revised report showing stronger consumer spending than first estimated.

Delta Regional Authority, Governor Announce $26M in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 04:36 pm

The Delta Regional Authority, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and their federal and local partners announced Monday nearly $26 million in new investments that will create or retain an estimated 650 jobs.

MISO Hires Public Service Commissioner Lamar Davis

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 11:32 am

MISO of Carmel, Indiana, announced Monday that Lamar Davis, former commissioner of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, has been named executive director of government and regulatory affairs for its south region.

Arkansas Republicans Eye New Clout Under Trump (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/28/2016 06:54 am

For the first time since their takeover of Arkansas' statewide and federal offices, the state's Republicans will also see their party in control of the White House and Congress next year. They're hoping that translates into new clout for the state.

Truth in Lending (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Black Friday isn't what it used to be, but the arrival of the spending season prompts concern about a looming threat to Arkansas consumers: the return of the illegal loan sharks euphemistically known as payday lenders.

Americans Trust CPAs (Jerry Spratt Commentary)

by Jerry Spratt 11/28/2016 12:00 am

CPAs working in business are responsible for the accurate recording of financial accounting transactions in the United States.

Tianyuan Garment Factory Turns Tide: 400 Jobs ‘Reshored' to Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

A Chinese garment maker's plan to spend $20 million building a factory in Little Rock is an example of a manufacturing phenomenon that is picking up steam as automation begins to wash out the labor cost advantage that for decades enticed manufacturers to move overseas.

Chinese Garment Manufacturer Made First Move on Arkansas

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Suzhou Industrial Park Tianyuan Garment Co., the company spending $20 million to open a garment plant in Little Rock late next year, made the first move on Arkansas in December 2015.

Arkansas Attracts Chinese Garment Plant With Tax Incentives

by Sarah Campbell 11/28/2016 12:00 am

A multimillion-dollar incentives package is helping attract the Chinese garment maker that plans to build a $20 million plant in Little Rock and open it by the end of 2017.

KARK Channel 4 Wins Local 'Cage Night' Election Battle

by Kyle Massey 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Riding the wave of NBC's national election coverage, Little Rock's KARK won the local ratings battle as Donald J. Trump won the political war.

Little Rock City Director-elect Capi Peck Says Politics, Restaurants Comparable

by Jan Cottingham 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Capi Peck, owner and operator of Trio's Restaurant, won her race for Ward 4 on the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Harding Professor Phil Brown's 4 Ways Arkansas Companies Can Keep Accounting Recruits

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2016 12:00 am

Phil Brown is a professor and co-chair of the Harding University Accounting & Finance Department at Searcy.

Stay the Course Despite Overtime Injunction, LR Employment Lawyers Advise

by Sarah Campbell and Mark Friedman 11/23/2016 03:34 pm

Local employment lawyers are advising their clients to proceed with any plans they made for implementing change in the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rules, even though a federal judge in Texas has issued an injunction preventing the rule from taking effect as planned on Dec. 1.

Hot Springs Officials Approve Property Tax

by Associated Press 11/23/2016 11:22 am

The Hot Springs Board of Directors has approved a property tax increase that is expected to bring in $3 million over two years for police and fire department communication systems.

US Court Blocks Overtime Expansion Pay Rule for 4M

by Associated Press 11/22/2016 06:15 pm

A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1.

Arkansas Lawmaker Switches to Republican Party

by Associated Press 11/22/2016 11:05 am

An Arkansas state representative is switching to the Republican Party, the second lawmaker to leave the Democratic Party since the election and a move that will give the GOP enough votes to pass most spending measures.

Municipal League Director Recognized for 50 Years of Service

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/22/2016 09:44 am

The National League of Cities recognized Don Zimmerman, executive director of the Arkansas Municipal League, for his 50 years of service at the 2016 City Summit conference, held from Nov. 16-19 in Pittsburgh.

Hutchinson: Move Energy Office, Reduce Boards

by Associated Press 11/22/2016 06:49 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing moving the state's energy office to the Department of Environmental Quality and reducing the number of committees that inspect local jails.

Jason Rapert Named CEO of ULockIt Security Devices

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/21/2016 05:00 pm

ULockIt Security Devices of Conway announced Monday the appointment of Jason Rapert as its CEO. The company said it's also looking at expanding sales nationwide.