Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Surplus Opens Budget Fight in Legislature (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:20 am

A $177.4 million state budget surplus is likely to open up a new fight in the Legislature over the push for tax cuts and concerns that services are being jeopardized.

Interim Child Welfare Director Mischa Martin Becomes Permanent Leader

by Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:19 am

The interim director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' children and family services division has been named its permanent chief.

Leslie Rutledge, John Nabholz to Have Hand in Drafting GOP Platform

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:06 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and businessman John Nabholz say they hope to avoid fights over specific policies and instead focus on the GOP's principles.

Nation's Income Inequality Rising Since Late 1970s

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The increase in income inequality in the United States began in the late 1970s and has continued since the end of the Great Recession, according to a report released last month by the Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C.

Politics as Usual? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The reporting that uncovered Maggio's corruption and the reporting that continues to reveal the tentacles of improper influence have been a great service to the state.

Ex-Legislator Named Interim Arkansas Higher Education Chief

by Associated Press 7/8/2016 02:04 pm

A former state lawmaker has been picked as the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

US Job Market Rebounds with June Hiring Surge of 287K

by Associated Press 7/8/2016 07:40 am

Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient U.S. economy recovering from a slump early in the year.

Governor Says Deputy Chief of Staff Job Split in 2

by Associated Press 7/7/2016 03:52 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is splitting his deputy chief of staff job into two positions and is promoting his director of constituent services to one of the posts.

Hutchinson Appoints Bobby Martin to Game & Fish Commission

by Alexis Hosticka 7/7/2016 02:38 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to serve a 7-year term, replacing outgoing commissioner Emon Mahony.

Term Limits Group Says it Won't Qualify for Arkansas Ballot

by Associated Press 7/7/2016 02:27 pm

A group trying to impose strict term limits on Arkansas lawmakers says it won't have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November.

Medical Marijuana Measure Approved for Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/7/2016 11:52 am

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot, putting the issue before the state's voters for the second time in four years.

Design Group Wins $220K Little Rock Wastewater Contract

by Kyle Massey 7/7/2016 10:24 am

The Design Group, a Little Rock marketing firm, has won a two-year, $220,000 contract to help Little Rock Wastewater, the city's sewer service provider, develop public education and outreach programs.

Arkansas Rice Federation Travels to Cuba for Trade Talks

by Associated Press 7/7/2016 06:59 am

Members of the Arkansas Rice Federation have traveled to Cuba to discuss the future of trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

Fayetteville Startup Awarded $225,000 Grant to Test Coating

by Sarah Campbell 7/6/2016 10:56 am

University of Arkansas-affiliated startup SurfTec LLC of Fayetteville receives a $225,000 National Science Foundation grant to commercialize a nano-coating technology for manufacturing.

Michael Poore Seeks Local Control for LRSD

by Sarah Campbell 7/5/2016 04:15 pm

Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore says he was hired to work collaboratively to return the LRSD to local control as quickly as possible, and he urged parents, local businesses and other stakeholders to stay engaged with education.

Hutchinson, Preston to Open Berlin Office, Attend Farnborough Airshow

by Lance Turner 7/5/2016 11:54 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston announced details of another trade mission to Europe, which begins Saturday.

Arkansas Ends Fiscal Year With $177.4M Surplus

by Associated Press 7/5/2016 10:48 am

Arkansas has ended its fiscal year with a $177.4 million surplus. Arkansas had ended the previous fiscal year with a $191.6 million surplus.

Court Ruling Latest Wrinkle for Anti-Abortion Push (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/5/2016 06:55 am

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas abortion law is the latest wrinkle for efforts in Arkansas to further restrict the procedure now that Republicans are firmly in control.

Hundreds Paid to Gather Signatures for Arkansas Initiatives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/5/2016 06:51 am

Hundreds of paid workers have been gathering signatures for initiative campaigns around Arkansas as they try to meet this week's deadline to submit petitions to get their proposals on the November ballot.

Feds Finger Fort Smith Family in Food Stamp Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/4/2016 12:00 am

The feds recently accused a father-and-son pair who owns several Fort Smith convenience stores of running an elaborate food stamp fraud that involved 94 beneficiaries.