Government & Politics Archive

Medical Pot, Trump Shape Arkansas Politics in '17 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:26 am

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

Bumpers, Thornton Among Arkansas Notables Who Died During 2016

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:20 am

A former U.S. senator who defended an impeached president during his Senate trial and a former U.S. representative who was a member of House committee that brought articles of impeachment against another president are among the notable Arkansans who died during 2016.

2016: The Year in Executive Q&A

by Gwen Moritz 1/2/2017 12:00 am

This week, for the third time, we offer a compilation that appeals to the universal interest in other people: all 50 of 2016's Executive Q&A features in the first issue of Arkansas Business for 2017.

Pay to Rise for Millions as 19 States Increase Minimum Wage

by Associated Press 12/30/2016 07:23 am

It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.

In the Workplace 2017: LGBT Rights and Immigration Law Compliance

by Michelle Kaemmerling and Neemah Esmaeilpour 12/30/2016 07:00 am

A look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid

by Associated Press 12/29/2016 11:23 am

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years - overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

In the Workplace 2017: 'Ban the Box' and Concerted Activity Under the NLRA

by Regina Young and John Davis 12/29/2016 06:51 am

A quick look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017

by Associated Press 12/28/2016 07:45 am

While many business owners are more confident because their revenue looks to increase in 2017 due to the overall improving economy, they're also optimistic because they expect Donald Trump to deliver on promises to lower taxes and roll back regulations including parts of the health care law.

In the Workplace 2017: New EEOC Forms Will Lead to More Scrutiny of Pay Practices

by Troy Price 12/28/2016 07:00 am

Changes are coming to the EEO-1 form certain employers must file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Here's what to expect.

GOP: Cut Taxes, Change Brackets; But What About Deficits

by Associated Press 12/26/2016 08:42 am

Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants, and corporations that can easily shift profits — and jobs — overseas. It won't be easy.

Civility Follows Arkansas' Electoral Vote, a Sign of Future?

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/26/2016 07:26 am

It was touch-and-go for a minute or two, but as Arkansas' old Supreme Court chamber cleared following a meeting of the state's Electoral College, there were surer signs that a divided nation can coexist in a Donald Trump presidency.

In the Workplace 2017: How Arkansas Employers Can Deal with Medical Marijuana

by Stuart Jackson 12/26/2016 07:00 am

Now that Arkansas has a medical marijuana law on the books, employers must prepare to address this issue. Here's how.

UAPB Signs $19.3M Contract for Energy-Saving Improvements

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 01:35 pm

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Thursday that it has signed a $19.3 million contract with Performance Services of Indianapolis, Indiana, through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program.

Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014

by Associated Press 12/22/2016 11:19 am

Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

Arkansas Automobile Dealers Name Greg Kirkpatrick President

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 10:40 am

The Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association says that, effective Jan. 1, Greg Kirkpatrick will be its new president.

Conservation Projects Awarded $8.3M in Grants

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 09:11 am

The Arkansas Rice Federation says that three projects in Arkansas have been awarded $8.38 million for the 2017 fiscal year through the competitive Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Burgundy Book: Economic Outlook Better for 2017

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2016 02:41 pm

Sixty-five percent of business contacts in the Little Rock zone expect local economic conditions to be better or somewhat better in 2017, according to the latest Burgundy Book.

Delta Regional Authority Invests $1M in I-Fund Program

by Sarah Campbell 12/21/2016 01:06 pm

The Delta Regional Authority and Winrock International announce the DRA's $1 million contribution to the early state, proof-of-concept I-Fund, which officials say will bring jobs to the eight-state Delta region.

SPONSORED: Patience On Gains Could Lead To Better Returns

by 12/21/2016 11:36 am

Competing plans and potential tax law changes offer possible advantages to taxpayers who wait until early 2017.

MHP Protests Lottery Pact, Wants CJRW, Ghidotti-Vines Disqualified

by Kyle Massey 12/20/2016 04:47 pm

Mangan Holcomb Partners is also challenging the awarding of a five-year $34.5 million contract to CJRW.

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