Government & Politics Archive

Legislators File Proposal to End Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/13/2016 01:05 pm

Opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion have filed a proposal to cap enrollment in the program and terminate the expanded coverage by year's end.

Rick Crawford 'Very Encouraged' After Cuba Trip

by Alexis Hosticka 4/13/2016 10:21 am

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., talks to Arkansas Business about opportunities he sees for trade with Cuba, where he spent four days last week.

Justice, Congressman, University President Ray Thornton Dies at 87

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 08:55 am

Raymond "Ray" Hoyt Thornton Jr., a former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice and U.S. representative, died Wednesday morning, according to his sister. He was 87.

Asa Hutchinson: Highway Plan Dead Without Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/12/2016 03:43 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his plan to raise money for Arkansas' highways is dead if the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion ends. The comment is his latest warning to fellow Republicans who have vowed to defund the expanded coverage for thousands of poor people.

Susan Harriman Named Executive Director of ForwARd Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/12/2016 01:43 pm

Susan Harriman has been named executive director of ForwARd Arkansas, a group that aims to improve public education in Arkansas.

Boozman Says $800K Raised Over Quarter for Re-Election Bid

by Associated Press 4/12/2016 01:41 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman says he raised more than $800,000 over the last three months for his re-election bid.

State Asks Judge Not To Expand Planned Parenthood Ruling

by Associated Press 4/12/2016 09:53 am

The state is asking a federal judge to not expand her order blocking Arkansas' attempt to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

UnitedHealth Won't Sell Health Coverage on Arkansas, Georgia Exchanges

by Associated Press 4/12/2016 06:54 am

The nation's biggest health insurer has decided to stop selling coverage on public insurance exchanges in two states for next year.

Arkansas House Leaders Detail Cuts If Medicaid Plan Fails

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 03:27 pm

Arkansas House leaders say a host of state programs including public schools, prisons and colleges would face cuts if lawmakers don't fund the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

Engage Cuba Launches Arkansas Council, Calls for End to Trade Restrictions

by Sarah Campbell 4/11/2016 11:47 am

Engage Cuba President James Williams said Monday that Cuba will pledge to buy a significant amount of rice from the U.S. should the Congress allow trade on credit between the countries.

Lew: US Retreat from Global Economic Stage Would be Mistake

by Associated Press 4/11/2016 11:33 am

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday that Americans have reaped significant benefits from the international architecture put in place after World War II and the United States would be making a serious mistake to retreat from its global leadership role.

Arkansas Lawmakers Return to Capitol, With Focus on Budget

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 06:50 am

Days after wrapping up a session focused on the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, Arkansas lawmakers are meeting again to tackle the state's budget and a renewed fight over the program that is covering thousands of low-income residents.

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 06:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

FBI Peers Into Soul of the South Finances

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Inquiries about how the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission came to invest more than $1.7 million in Soul of the South's short-lived financial fiasco are being made.

Plea Deal Could Be Coming in First National Bank of Lawrence County Embezzlement Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

More details about a $3.9 million employee theft at First National Bank of Lawrence County could be revealed if a former employee waives indictment and enters a plea deal.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn't continued by the state Legislature.

Calling Out Boss Hogg (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Federal Reserve examiners will be trained to look for signs of a bank executive who dominates subordinates or assumes too many roles. You and I might call him a Boss Hogg.

Praise for Senator's Unselfish Principles (Feedback)

by Jerry B. Jackson 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Cecile Bledsoe is to be congratulated for voting for principles instead of selfishly caving in because not voting for Arkansas Works might make the state look harder on budget items.

IRS Collected Over $3.3 Trillion in FY 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

The Internal Revenue Service has released its 2015 IRS Data Book, containing information about returns filed, taxes collected and other tax-related subjects.

Wording Puts Truckers in Restart Limbo

by Marty Cook 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Shannon Newton, the president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, recently traveled with representatives of state trucking companies to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress about the rule being in a sort of limbo. The issue at hand is the 34-hour restart for drivers.