Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Democrats Turn Up Focus on Minimum Wage Issue (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo 9/7/2014 03:05 pm

With no organized opposition and business groups taking a pass on the issue, the proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage faces a potentially easy path to victory now that it's on the November ballot. Whether that fortune can rub off on a Democratic Party that faces anything but an easy road is another matter.

Asa Hutchinson, Tom Cotton Support Minimum Wage Increase

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/5/2014 04:26 pm

A pair of Arkansas Republicans on Friday said they will support a ballot measure that would raise the state's minimum wage.

Update: 14 Laid Off By Toy Car Maker in Blow to Wal-Mart's 'Made in USA' Initiative

by Marty Cook and Gwen Moritz 9/5/2014 04:03 pm

Redman & Associates filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing a Chinese company of engaging in an "underhanded strategy" in an attempt to derail Wal-Mart's attempts to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

Arkansas Attorney General Sues Ex-Board Director

by Associated Press 9/5/2014 08:02 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging she used a state charge card to make unauthorized purchases.

AG's Office: Mark Darr Has Repaid Arkansas Nearly $11K

by Associated Press 9/4/2014 02:55 pm

Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has repaid the state nearly $11,000 he owes for improper reimbursements he received before stepping down earlier this year.

Arkansas Supreme Court Agrees to Raise Bar Exam Fee

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 11:25 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court today granted a requested by the Board of Law Examiners to raise the fee law students must pay to take the Arkansas Bar Examination.

Little Rock Police Arrest 11 in Minimum Wage Protest

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News reports that Little Rock Police arrested 11 people during a Thursday morning demonstration calling for a higher minimum wage.

Voting Underway in Conway Bond Rededication Special Election

by Lee Hogan 9/4/2014 07:21 am

Early voting in a Sept. 9 special election is underway in Conway, with voters considering whether to rededicate a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a large retail development.

Have It Your Way, Eh? (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 9/3/2014 02:52 pm

The recent announcement by Burger King Corp. that it would be merging with Canadian donut and coffee chain Tim Hortons and “domiciling” the combined company in Canada has reignited the debate over corporate tax inversions.

Officials Uncertain '91 Bill Would Have Helped in Turner Grain Case

by Lee Hogan 9/3/2014 12:08 pm

Even if the 78th Arkansas General Assembly had passed a law in 1991 regulating grain dealers, some agriculture officials believe it wouldn't have prevented the losses threatened by the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Minimum Wage Amendment Makes the Ballot

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/3/2014 11:22 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has announced the proposed amendment to raise Arkansas' minimum wage will be on the general election ballot in November.

Arkansas Revenue Slightly Up in August

by Associated Press 9/3/2014 10:58 am

A boost in sales and income tax collections pushed Arkansas' revenue in August slightly above that of August 2013 and above what was expected, state finance officials said Wednesday.

10th Anniversary Events Planned for Clinton Center

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 9/3/2014 10:30 am

A series of events is planned in Little Rock this November to mark the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center and to recognize the major economic boost the former president's library has brought to the city.

Fort Smith Plans to Stream Meetings Online

by Associated Press 9/3/2014 08:55 am

Members of Fort Smith's board of directors want to broadcast their meetings on the Internet, perhaps as early as this month.

Peterson: Witt Assured of Agriculture Panel Spot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/3/2014 08:53 am

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday said former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he wins his bid for a south Arkansas congressional seat this fall.

Jonesboro to Use Grant for Police Body Cameras

by Associated Press 9/3/2014 08:52 am

The Jonesboro City Council has approved buying tasers and body cameras for some of its police officers.

Dassault Breaks Ground on $60M Hangar Dedicated to New Models

by Mark Carter 9/2/2014 10:17 am

Dassault Falcon Jet breaks ground on a $60 million expansion at its Little Rock completion facility.

Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities.

Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

by Mark Friedman 9/1/2014 12:00 am

A legal case between Dr. Eren Erdem and Dr. Scott Schlesinger serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of having a contract in place and how quickly a friendship can sour when money is involved.

Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not'

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month.