Government & Politics Archive

Rich Huddleston: Improving Welfare Will Benefit Arkansas' Future

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Before being named the executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families in July 2004, Rich Huddleston was the research and fiscal policy director for the nonprofit and was the lead program staff for its State Fiscal Analysis Initiative.

Arkansas Panel not Looking at Raises for Elected Officials

by Associated Press 6/3/2016 03:36 pm

The chairman of an Arkansas commission that sets salaries for the state's top elected officials says the panel is not considering any pay hikes since other state employees didn't get a raise this year.

Fed Member Lael Brainard Urges Caution on Raising Interest Rates

by Associated Press 6/3/2016 11:38 am

An ally of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen who has been a longtime skeptic of raising interest rates is signaling that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after Friday's bleak U.S. jobs report.

2 Republicans To Run for Arkansas Secretary of State in '18

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/2/2016 02:36 pm

Two Republicans say they're running for Arkansas secretary of state in 2018, signaling a potentially crowded primary for a position that will be key in redrawing legislative district lines.

Leslie Rutledge Approves Wording of Casino Ballot Measure

by Associated Press 6/2/2016 06:46 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has cleared the way for supporters of a proposal to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

In Little Rock, Alzheimer's Association President Calls for More Research

by Sarah Campbell 6/1/2016 11:27 am

Alzheimer's Association President and CEO Harry Johns says the number of those diagnosed with the disease is on the rise, as is the cost of care, and more federal research dollars are needed.

Arkansas Lottery Sales Pass Record High

by Alexis Hosticka 6/1/2016 11:06 am

With one full month remaining in the fiscal year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery last week surpassed its previous cash sales record for annual draw game sales.

Asa Hutchinson Names AJ Gary New ADEM Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/31/2016 11:15 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday named A.J. Gary, the former chief of police for the Conway Police Department, as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

'A Good Graphic' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/30/2016 12:00 am

A couple of weeks ago, I opined in this space that our Legislature should just raise the blankety-blank fuel tax to pay for the highway construction and maintenance that Arkansans need and want. Last week, I ranted about the use and misuse of data, including by “the media” (my favorite monolith). This week, thanks to our friends on the editorial page at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I'm going to pull both of those topics together.

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/30/2016 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year.

5 Companies Given Global Trade Awards, Trans-Pacific Partnership Touted

by Sarah Campbell 5/25/2016 09:10 am

Esterline Defense Technologies, CAT Squared, RH Preyda, Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Rock Town Distillery Inc. were recognized at an annual luncheon Tuesday.

Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Receives $80K in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/24/2016 02:37 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas announced Tuesday its acceptance of a $50,000 investment from the Gene Haas Foundation and a $30,000 investment from Tyson Foods Inc.

Federal Contracting Forum Taking Place in North Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 01:36 pm

With more than $1.7 billion in contracting opportunities available during fiscal year 2016 and 2017 the Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District is helping to host a federal contracting forum June 14-15. The registration deadline is May 30.

Scott Lambert Steps Up to Senior Examiner at State Bank Department (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 12:00 am

Lambert, formerly a credit analyst at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Stuttgart, joined the bank department in 2013.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

In Conway, Leaders Find Education at Root of Economic Growth

by Alexis Hosticka 5/17/2016 02:09 pm

A skilled, educated workforce is key to attracting and growing business in a particular region. That was the message repeated by economic developers during a panel at Outlook Conway, an economic development conference examining various industries in the north metro region.

Developers Propose Apartments for Donaghey Building

by Alexis Hosticka 5/16/2016 10:10 am

The Donaghey Building at Seventh and Main streets in Little Rock is on the agenda for the city board of directors meeting on Tuesday, with an applicant seeking to rezone the site to a multi-use development.

No Charge From Nabholz for Insurance Department Building Budget

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Insurance Department spokesman Ryan James said the department asked Nabholz to run some numbers “for informational purposes.” No bids or proposals were sought and no payment made for the one-page estimate dated April 25.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Never Say Never (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

This is the perfect time to increase the fuel tax. Gasoline remains relatively cheap in historic terms, and the price per gallon can easily fluctuate by 5 cents per day. If we are going to have decent roads, we need an adequate and reliable funding mechanism — and spending the state rainy-day fund and nickel-and-diming other government needs just screams inadequate and unreliable, doesn't it?