Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Revenue Nearly $73M Ahead of Forecast for Year

by Associated Press 4/4/2016 10:26 am

Arkansas finance officials say a boost in tax collections and lower than expected refunds last month pushed the state's revenue for the year so far nearly $73 million higher than forecast.

Higher Education: No Longer an Exclusive Club (Brett Powell Commentary)

by Brett Powell 4/4/2016 09:01 am

Demographic changes at today's colleges and universities present unique challenges that programs like the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative are striving to overcome.

IRS Sues Gravette Man for Nearly $1.3 Million

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

A 73-year-old Gravette man was hit with a lawsuit from the IRS seeking a judgment for unpaid federal taxes.

Investors Battle Over Valuable Soul of the South License

by George Waldon 4/4/2016 12:00 am

A schism among Soul of the South investors has erupted into a lawsuit over control of the venture's most valuable asset: the broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49.

Keep It Up, Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/4/2016 12:00 am

As Arkansans and especially our legislators begin yet again to consider the ways we provide health insurance to our poorest and most vulnerable neighbors, it was encouraging to see our state's previous efforts recognized by the Los Angeles Times.

Bridgeway CEO Jason Miller on The Biggest Myths of Mental Health

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

Before joining The Bridgeway in December 2011 as COO, Jason Miller served as director of hospital operations at the Living Hope Institute in Little Rock and in various roles at Arkansas Children's Hospital and CHI St. Vincent Health System.He was named CEO in 2014.

A Look at Medicaid Proposals Before Arkansas Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2016 01:31 pm

When Arkansas lawmakers return to the Capitol this week, they'll decide whether more than 250,000 people should keep their subsidized health insurance and whether private firms should manage some Medicaid services.

Asa Hutchinson Controls Agenda, Little Else in Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/3/2016 01:28 pm

Pitching his hybrid Medicaid expansion and managed care proposals, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson controls the agenda as lawmakers head back to the Capitol for this week's special session. That may be the only part where he has control.

Control of State Courts Becomes a Top Political Battleground

by Associated Press 4/3/2016 01:27 pm

Much attention is being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but equally partisan battles are being waged for control of state courts around the nation.

At Under 40 Forum, Hutchinson Outlines How Arkansas Must Recruit, Retain Talent

by Alexis Hosticka 4/1/2016 02:25 pm

At the inaugural Under 40 Forum on Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson highlighted how he thinks Arkansans must work to attract and retain talent.

Pocahontas Aims to Make Big Splash With New Aquatic Center

by George Jared 4/1/2016 09:40 am

Tim Scott, executive director of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, hopes a new, recently built aquatic center will help spur economic development and provide local swimmers with modern pools.

Arkansas Leaders Invited to DC for Congressional Event

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2016 09:56 am

The 57th Annual Washington Fly-In and Congressional Dinner will take place May 24 at the new Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Washington, D.C.

Another Misguided Rule From the Department of Labor (U.S. Rep. French Hill Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark. 3/30/2016 11:26 am

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., says businesses in Arkansas and across the country are set to be hit with an aggressive 113 percent increase in the salary threshold for overtime pay

InVeritas PR Firm Expands to NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/29/2016 11:07 am

InVeritas CEO Ruth Whitney announced the firm's expansion to offices in northwest Arkansas and Washington, D.C.

Darci Vetter Pushing Trans-Pacific Partnership at Farm Policy Summit

by Alexis Hosticka 3/29/2016 09:24 am

Ambassador Darci Vetter, who speaks at this weeks' Farm Policy Summit, talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how she thinks it will benefit Arkansas.

Convention Center Woes Still Splitting Texarkana

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Before dueling convention centers became a thing in Jonesboro, they were a thing in Texarkana. And it's not turning out well in Texarkana.

Siemens Lawsuit Against Monticello Tossed

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/28/2016 12:00 am

The city of Monticello recently received an early victory in its legal fight with the Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project.

Stephen K. Parks' Coal Tax-Credit Scam a Deep, Dark Pit

by Mark Friedman 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Pleading guilty to a coal tax-credit scheme and entering federal prison last year didn't settle the legal issues surrounding Little Rock businessman Stephen K. Parks.

Too Many Centers (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Jonesboro doesn't need two convention centers any more than Texarkana did.

Karen Konarski-Hart Shows Backbone at American Chiropractic Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Karen Konarski-Hart of Little Rock has been elected vice president of the American Chiropractic Association, the first woman and first Arkansan to hold that position.