Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Democrats Secure Majority on House Tax Panel

by Associated Press 11/10/2016 05:01 pm

Democrats will have a majority of seats on an Arkansas House panel that will take up any proposals to cut taxes next year, despite the party's ranks thinning in the majority-Republican Legislature.

Economic Briefing to Analyze Local, National Economies

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2016 04:43 pm

The Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Little Rock Economic Briefing on Wednesday.

Justice Rhonda Wood Won't Recuse From Nursing Home Case

by Associated Press 11/10/2016 12:11 pm

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice says she won't recuse from hearing an appeal related to a wrongful-death lawsuit against a nursing home owner who donated thousands of dollars to her campaign two years ago.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

Tech Park Votes on Metrocentre Plan, Promotional Video

by Sarah Campbell 11/10/2016 09:45 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board votes to approve a proposal to make dormant, rather than dissolve, the Metrocentre Improvement District, which has one outstanding bond attached to it.

Video: Asa Hutchinson Talks Tax Cut, Marijuana, Trump

by Lance Turner 11/9/2016 03:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson reacts to Tuesday's election results and talks through elements of his $50 million tax plan and the implementation of Issue 3, the medical marijuana act.

In New Budget, Asa Hutchinson Seeks $50M Tax Cut in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/9/2016 09:41 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing a $50 million cut in Arkansas' income tax in two years, warning fellow Republicans that he'll oppose a push for further reductions unless they're offset by closing tax exemptions or cuts elsewhere in the state's budget.

Trump, Boozman Victories Underscore Arkansas GOP Gains

by Associated Press 11/9/2016 07:10 am

Arkansas underscored its position as a deeply red state Tuesday as voters delivered its six electoral votes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but they also handed medical marijuana advocates their first Bible Belt victory by legalizing the drug for some patients.

Arkansas Becomes First Bible Belt State to Approve Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press 11/9/2016 12:44 am

Arkansas voters handed marijuana advocates a significant victory by making the state the first in the Bible Belt to legalize the drug for medical use, and groups on both sides are now gearing up for fights over how to set up the program.

Republican Incumbents in Arkansas Keep Congressional Seats

by Associated Press 11/8/2016 09:22 pm

Republican Reps. French Hill, Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, Bruce Westerman were re-elected on Tuesday.

John Boozman Wins Re-election to U.S. Senate

by Associated Press 11/8/2016 09:06 pm

Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman has won a second term, fending off a challenge by Democrat Conner Eldridge, a former federal prosecutor.

Arkansas Poised to Back Trump, Decide on Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/8/2016 07:22 am

Arkansas was poised Tuesday to give its six electoral votes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and perhaps become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Backers Seek Bible Belt Win in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/8/2016 07:20 am

Arkansas could become the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana, which pot advocates say would be proof of the drug's popularity even in conservative parts of the country.

Beebe, Brooks, Hubbard Join UAMS Foundation Fund Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2016 10:24 am

Seven new members have been elected to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund Board.

Arkansas Election Could Underscore Republican Gains Here

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/7/2016 07:23 am

This election could underscore just how solidly Republican Arkansas has become since Hillary and Bill Clinton left to move into the White House in 1993.

Little Rest Between Arkansas Election, Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

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

Arkansas lawmakers who were hoping for a break after a contentious campaign season are in for a rude awakening the morning after Tuesday's general election.

Arkansas Medical Pot Campaign Overshadows Other Races

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/7/2016 07:15 am

Voters might make conservative Arkansas the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana, which could signal a cultural tipping point suggesting it's just matter of time before patients nationwide will be able to access the drug to treat certain maladies.

Entergy Makes Offer of Synergy to Solar Proponents

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

As the Arkansas Public Service Commission wrangles over rules for putting home-generated electricity onto the grid, the biggest news for Pulaski County may be that it could find a path to net metering despite Entergy's opposition to its legal arguments.

Webb Hubbell Gets 10-Year Extension on Payment Plan

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

Webb Hubbell, the former associate U.S. attorney general, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, pleaded guilty in the 1990s to two felonies related to overbilling clients while a partner at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.

State Says LM Wind Power Owes Taxes

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

LM Wind Power Blades Inc. was slapped with a hefty lien by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, which collects unemployment taxes.