Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Panel Votes to Take Highway Funding Plan to Voters

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/7/2017 03:44 pm

The Arkansas Highway Commission has decided to seek a ballot measure to increase money for state roads next year after lawmakers refused to send voters a proposal that would have raised $200 million a year.

Small Businesses in Clean Energy Sector Still Hope for Best

by Associated Press 6/7/2017 11:01 am

Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don't seem fazed by President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing.

Amazon Offers Prime Discount to Those on Government Benefits

by Associated Press 6/6/2017 09:29 am

Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

Officials Expect 20K-30K Arkansas Medical Pot Registrants

by Associated Press 6/5/2017 03:00 pm

Arkansas officials say they anticipate that between 20,000 and 40,000 people will ask for permission to obtain medical marijuana.

Early Voting Opens Tuesday on Pine Bluff Tax Increase Try

by Associated Press 6/5/2017 10:23 am

Early voting starts Tuesday in Pine Bluff on a temporary five-eighths-cent sales tax increase.

Survey: Economists Expect Slower US Growth

by Associated Press 6/5/2017 08:51 am

Forecasts for U.S. economic growth are coming in slightly lower after a weak first quarter, according to a survey of business economists released Monday.

Arkansas Panel Weighs Roads Ballot Measure for '18 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/5/2017 07:15 am

An effort to raise millions for Arkansas' underfunded highways failed in the Legislature this year after facing heavy opposition from conservatives. Now the panel overseeing the state's highways has to decide whether to try putting a road funding program before voters next year.

Representing the Taxpayer (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/5/2017 12:00 am

The Jonesboro Advertising & Promotions Commission took a sensible step last week. It decided against committing $300,000 in taxpayer money to the Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center in Jonesboro, citing developer Chris Keller's failure to provide requested information.

A Reporter Is Beaten; Arkansans Can Relate

by Kyle Massey 6/5/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Democrat photographer Will Counts captured the beating of newspaper reporter L. Alex Wilson outside Central High School in 1957, and his images stunned viewers then and have embarrassed Arkansas for 60 years.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

by Gwen Moritz 6/5/2017 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 24th class of 40 Under 40 honorees, young leaders of business, government and nonprofits selected by an internal committee from a field of about 400 nominations submitted by readers.

Paris Accord Pullout May Have Muted Effect in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 6/2/2017 11:47 am

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew support and criticism from predictable quarters. But the bottom line for Arkansas businesses may be that the decision changes little here.

Report: Arkansas Revenue Flat But Above Forecast in May

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2017 10:59 am

Arkansas' May net available general revenue totaled $339.2 million in May, up 0.3 percent from the same month last year and 20 percent above forecast.

Clinton School Offers Executive Master's of Public Service Degree

by Sam Hoisington 6/2/2017 09:21 am

The Clinton School of Public Service will begin offering an executive master's of public service degree through an online curriculum beginning next year.

Arkansas Nears Medical Marijuana License Deadline

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 6/2/2017 07:33 am

Arkansas will soon begin taking applications from those who hope to grow and dispense medical marijuana.

Former Windstream COO, Pharmacist to Launch Marijuana Testing Lab

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/1/2017 01:38 pm

Brent Whittington and pharmacist Brandon Thornton plan to open Steep Hill Arkansas, a medical marijuana testing lab that would work with Arkansas' cultivators and dispensaries.

Economic Future Forum Is June 4-6 In Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/1/2017 11:17 am

The International Economic Development Council is hosting its Economic Future Forum from Sunday-Tuesday at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.

Jonesboro's A&P Commission Pulls Funding for Hyatt Convention Center

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/1/2017 09:56 am

Jonesboro's Advertising & Promotion Commission has backed out of committing $300,000 in tax revenue to the $30 million Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center project.

At Under 40 Forum, Young Leaders Take On 'Fractured Arkansas'

by Todd Traub 5/31/2017 10:58 am

Some of the state's top young professionals presented their findings from the second Under 40 Forum in a report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday.

Officials Remove Themselves from Wendell Griffen Investigations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/31/2017 06:54 am

The top two officials for a judicial ethics panel removed themselves from investigations involving Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Arkansas Panel Faces Pressure Over Tax Breaks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/30/2017 07:12 am

The toughest job for a task force looking at an overhaul of Arkansas' tax code will be resisting pressure from a list of lobbying groups hoping to protect exemption.