Government & Politics Archive

Fort Smith Gets $8.5M DOT Grant for Bridges

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2018 10:31 am

Fort Smith will receive an $8.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to repair and rehabilitate three rail bridges that cross Clear Creek and the Arkansas River.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Keep Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2018 03:19 pm

An effort to continue Arkansas' Medicaid expansion another year has cleared a major hurdle in the state Legislature, a day after the Trump administration said the state could impose a work requirement on the program.

With Democratic Support, Senate Eyes Rollback of Banking Law

by Associated Press 3/6/2018 11:09 am

Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation's economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse.

Arkansas Legislative Panel Advances $5.6B Budget Plan

by Associated Press 3/6/2018 11:05 am

An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced bills outlining a proposed $5.6 billion budget for the coming year.

ATU Names New Government Relations Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 03:56 pm

Ashley Golleher has been named director of government relations at Arkansas Tech University, effective March 1.

Work Requirement Approved for Arkansas' Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 11:36 am

The Trump administration on Monday approved Arkansas' plan to require thousands of people on its Medicaid expansion to work or volunteer, making Arkansas the third state allowed to impose such restrictions on coverage for the poor.

Jefferson County Lands 2nd Medical Marijuana Grow Facility

by Kyle Massey 3/5/2018 07:28 am

A medical marijuana company that qualified last week to become one of the first five legal cannabis grow sites in Arkansas has decided to put its cultivation operation in Jefferson County.

Arkansas GOP Talks School Safety, But Not Guns (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 07:00 am

Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next year's session. But, unlike Republican counterparts in other states and even the president, they're declaring the issue of gun control off-limits.

Last US Rubber Band Maker in Arkansas Fights Competition

by Rolly Hoyt, KTHV-TV, Channel 11 3/5/2018 06:57 am

Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs has gone to Washington in a battle over rubber band dumping.

Medicaid Official Visiting Arkansas for Announcement on Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2018 06:53 am

A top Trump administration official is visiting Arkansas next week as state leaders await word on requests to impose a work requirement and scale back the eligibility of its Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Friday.

IRS Slaps Lien on Beaver Lake House Over $1.15M Debt

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 12:00 am

The IRS is going after a Benton County married couple for allegedly not paying federal taxes.

Delta Hospital Takes Opioids to Court

by Mark Friedman 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Hospitals in the Arkansas Delta are fighting the opioid epidemic with every weapon at their command, including a little-noticed lawsuit by a Monticello hospital against the larger opioid manufacturers.

From Skeptic To Cynic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Has government corruption become the rule rather than the exception?

Where Politicians Fear to Tread (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/5/2018 12:00 am

A curious shift (one of many) has taken place in American politics in the past couple of years. Corporate America has begun taking the lead on political issues.

Why Are Banks Shuttering Branches? (Julie Stackhouse Commentary)

by Julie Stackhouse 3/5/2018 12:00 am

It seems inevitable that this long-term trend in branch closings will continue as consumer preferences evolve and financial technology becomes further ingrained in credit and payment services.

Pluses and Perils of Going Political (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 3/5/2018 12:00 am

In a time when almost everything seems hyperpolitical, is it any surprise that business marketing is increasingly pulled in too?

Delta Still Waits for I-69 'Game Changer'

by Marty Cook 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Delta boosters envision the construction of a 23-mile stretch of Interstate 69 opening up the fertile but economically depressed region to more business development.

The Virtual Doctor Can See You Now

by Mark Friedman 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Out-of-state telemedicine companies wasted no time offering their services in Arkansas after a law went into effect in August that eased restrictions in the way telemedicine is delivered in the state.

Woody Wheeless Sees New Day Rising in West Memphis

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless reveals the upside and downside of being just across the river from Memphis.

Matt Twyford Promoted to Senior Position at AEDC (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Matt Twyford has been named senior agency manager for community development at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in Little Rock.