Government & Politics Archive

A New Infrastructure of Thinking (U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford 5/6/2016 10:43 am

The future economy will have different benchmarks critical to sustaining schools, businesses and our towns.

Hutchinson Unlikely to Try Ending King-Lee Holiday This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2016 07:35 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he's unlikely to proceed this year with his plan to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Employers Add 160K Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate Holds at 5 Percent

by Associated Press 5/6/2016 07:32 am

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April after a streak of solid monthly gains, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months.

Hutchinson Unlikely to Try Ending King-Lee Holiday This Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/5/2016 03:00 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's unlikely to push this year to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Lawmakers Approve $5.3B Budget for Coming Year

by Associated Press 5/5/2016 10:47 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding.

Lawmakers Give Initial OK to $5.3B State Budget

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/4/2016 02:57 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to the state's proposed $5.3 billion budget for the coming year, along with an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent.

Arkansas Legislative Panel Endorses $5.3B Budget Bill

by Associated Press 5/4/2016 09:45 am

The proposed $5.3 billion state budget for the coming year is heading toward its first votes in the Arkansas Legislature.

Chairs of Arkansas GOP, Democrats Agree on Health Care Plan

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 03:53 pm

The chairmen of Arkansas' largest political parties managed to agree on how legislators put together a Medicaid expansion plan that uses federal dollars to buy health care insurance for poorer residents.

Former Arkansas Senator Reports to Prison for 18-Month Term

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 03:44 pm

A former Arkansas Senate president pro tem has reported to federal prison to begin serving an 18-month sentence for spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance New Limits on Welfare Benefits

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 01:43 pm

A legislative committee has endorsed an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent in Arkansas, despite criticism from Democrats and advocates who call the new restrictions unnecessary.

Report: Arkansas Net Available Revenue Up 6 Percent in April

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2016 11:26 am

Gross general revenue for Arkansas came in 1 percent above forecast in April, while net available general revenue was 6 percent above the same month last year and 6 percent above forecast.

Asa Hutchinson's Top Aide Departing at End of Month

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 12:20 pm

Former state Sen. Michael Lamoureux is stepping down as Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff at the end of the month for a new job.

Amendments Expand Arkansas Session Beyond Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:12 am

When Arkansas voters mandated the Legislature meet annually, the plan was for lawmakers to take up a wide range of issues one year and focus primarily on the budget the next. The same voters can be forgiven if they see little daylight between the two types of sessions nowadays.

Boozman, Eldridge Split Over Health Care at APME Forum

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:09 am

Poor people on Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion could still get coverage under a block-grant system if President Barack Obama's health overhaul is repealed, Republican Sen. John Boozman said Saturday.

Arkansas Republicans Select 12 Delegates to GOP Convention

by Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:07 am

Arkansas Republicans have met in each of the state's four congressional districts to select 12 delegates to the GOP National Convention in July.

Arkansas Budget Bill Boosts Human Services, School Funding

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 07:00 am

Arkansas' public schools, child welfare system and Medicaid program are set to receive funding increases while additional money is being tucked away for unexpected needs under a proposed $5.3 billion state budget unveiled Sunday.

Arkansas Insurance Department Puts Out Feelers on New Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Insurance Department may have its eye on a new office building.

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose.

Arkansas Convention Center Troubles Dog Texarkana Investor

by Mark Friedman 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Dr. Hiren D. Patel's investments in a convention center and hotels on both sides of Texarkana have turned into one financial headache after another.

Soul of the South Investors Battle Over KMYA License

by George Waldon 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49, that Soul of the South Network investors are fighting over was an important piece to a funding puzzle two years ago.