Government & Politics Archive

Four Points Brings Two to Midtown Hotel (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Tracy Morales is the new director of sales and marketing and Kevin Steele is now director of public relations and marketing at the Four Points by Sheraton in midtown Little Rock.

Allen Kerr Takes Spot on National Insurance Committee (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr has been named vice chairman of the Market Regulation & Consumer Affairs Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Appeals Court Sets Oral Arguments in Maggio Bribery Appeal

by Associated Press 2/3/2017 11:11 am

A federal appeals court panel has scheduled oral arguments for next month in the bribery case of former judge Michael Maggio.

Terraforma Buys NLR Riverfront Land for Entertainment District

by Sarah Campbell 2/3/2017 11:10 am

Terraforma LLC of Maumelle says it has purchased 5.6 acres along the Arkansas River near Broadway Bridge from the city of North Little Rock for $2.6 million.

Trump Takes First Step to Scale Back Financial Regulations

by Associated Press 2/3/2017 10:18 am

President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it's eager to help.

US Employers Added 227K Jobs, Rate Up to 4.8 Percent

by Associated Press 2/3/2017 07:38 am

U.S. employers ramped up hiring last month and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job market. January's job growth was the best since September, and it exceeded last year's average monthly gain of 187,000.

Judges Named for Tourism Ad Contract Competition

by Kyle Massey 2/2/2017 04:32 pm

The Office of State Procurement reveals a preliminary list of judges for awarding the state's largest advertising and marketing assignment, the $14.4 million-a-year contract for promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination.

Arkansas House OKs Requiring Concealed Handguns at Colleges

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2017 02:50 pm

The Arkansas House has voted to require state colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, despite objections from administrators and police that the move won't make schools safer.

Asa Hutchinson to Arkansas Agencies: Brace for Possible Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2017 02:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking several agencies to make contingency plans for potential budget cuts after finance officials announced the state's net revenue had fallen $57 million below forecast. The figures were released the day after Hutchinson signed his $50 million tax cut plan into law.

Arkansas Revenue Falls $57M Below Forecast for Year

by Associated Press 2/2/2017 10:09 am

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue has fallen $57 million below forecast this year, with word coming the day after the state's Republican governor signed into law an income tax cut that'll take effect in two years.

Fort Smith Official Suggests Ending Contract for Sports Complex

by Lance Turner 2/1/2017 03:41 pm

Fort Smith's administrator is recommending the city terminate its contract with two partners of a softball sports complex, including a state lawmaker.

Asa Hutchinson Signs $50M Tax Cut into Law

by Associated Press 2/1/2017 03:23 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his $50 million plan to cut income taxes for thousands of low-income residents.

Key Legal Test Approaches for Arkansas LGBT Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2017 12:56 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on whether the city or the state should prevail in a disagreement over banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill Aimed at Forcing Amazon to Collect Sales Taxes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2017 12:53 pm

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced a proposal aimed at forcing Amazon to begin collecting state sales taxes, as lawmakers eye potential revenue from the e-commerce giant to pay for more tax cuts in two years.

Pulaski Tech Merges with UA System

by Lance Turner 2/1/2017 10:36 am

Pulaski Technical College's merger with the University of Arkansas System is effective today, and the North Little Rock college has been renamed University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, or UA-Pulaski Tech.

Unemployment in Arkansas MSAs Down From 2015

by Todd Traub 2/1/2017 09:58 am

December unemployment was down in Arkansas from a year ago, according to Bureau of Labor Department figures released Wednesday.

Arkansas House OKs Bid to Revive Voter ID

by Associated Press 1/31/2017 03:35 pm

The Arkansas House approved a plan Tuesdayto reinstate a voter ID law that was struck down more than two years ago, with Republicans counting on a new state Supreme Court makeup to uphold the measure this time.

Small Business Administration Names Edward Haddock Director in Arkansas

by Todd Traub 1/31/2017 10:57 am

New SBA Arkansas District Director Edward Haddock will be responsible for delivery of SBA programs and coordination statewide.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Income Tax Break on Veterans' Benefits

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2017 07:25 am

The Arkansas House on Monday approved a tax break for retired military veterans, but the proposal is drawing objections from conservatives over a plan to raise taxes on soda, candy and digital downloads to help pay for it.

Arkansas Lawmakers Give Final OK to $50M Income Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/30/2017 02:33 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million plan to cut taxes for thousands of low-income Arkansans and to form a panel that will call for deeper reductions in two years.