Government & Politics Archive

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Lethal Injection Measure; Lawsuit Filed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 06:51 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday approved legislation aimed at restarting executions after a decade-long lull, prompting several death row inmates to ask a court to strike the measure down.

Governor: Arkansas' Image Helped by Compromise Religion Law

by Associated Press 4/7/2015 06:48 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he believes the state's image benefited from the way a religious objections measure was reworked after an earlier version drew complaints that it was anti-gay.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Workforce Training Overhaul Into Law

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 01:23 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a trio of bills aimed at overhauling the state's workforce education programs, a move he says will help the state compete better in economic development and coordinate agency efforts.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Computer Science Task Force

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 07:02 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a 15-member task force to oversee the rollout of a requirement that all public high schools offer computer science courses.

Religion Bill Previews Rifts Governor Faces (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2015 06:56 am

The drama surrounding HB1228 offers a preview of possible rifts to come with Democrats and even fellow Republicans in future years.

Benton County Home Targeted for Repossession by IRS

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

The IRS is trying to take the home of a Benton County man who failed to pay millions in federal employment taxes.

Former Prison Guard Sues Pathway to Freedom After Beating

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

A former guard for the Arkansas Department of Correction is suing a private pre-release and reentry services company over injuries he received during a fight in one of the company's barracks.

Our Awfully Wonderful State 2.0 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2015 12:00 am

HB1228, for all the hyperventilating and hyperbole about what it will or will not do legally, made our state look, once again, like it isn't ready for primetime. But unlike Indiana, where a similar “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” seemed to shock the nation, Arkansas seemed to be doing just what our fellow Americans expected Arkansas to do.

John Paul Hammerschmidt (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/6/2015 12:00 am

The natural death of a man who achieved great things and remained active and productive throughout most of his 93rd year cannot be counted a tragedy. The death last week of John Paul Hammerschmidt was impeccably timed in that it gave the entire state an opportunity to pause and remember that politics and politicians were once admirable and productive.

Pitfalls and Potholes (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas consumers have not been shy about expressing their opinions concerning road conditions. Recent research findings — as well as online comments, letters to the editors of local newspapers and conversations over coffee or other adult beverages — have given rise to a collective angst.

Tech Talent Development the Next Phase for Innovate Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Public and private resources such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Innovate Arkansas program have helped bolster tech-based startups by providing quality and sustained mentorship to assist in business and financial model development, along with guidance in preparing those startups to present their products to investors.

Jeremy Gillam to Seek Re-Election as Arkansas House Speaker

by Associated Press 4/3/2015 07:43 am

Speaker Jeremy Gillam says he's seeking another two-year term to lead the Arkansas House.

Pace of U.S. Hiring Weakens with Just 126k Jobs Added in March

by Associated Press 4/3/2015 07:38 am

The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive months of job gains above 200,000.

Arkansas Legislature Refers 3 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

by Associated Press 4/3/2015 07:37 am

Arkansas voters next year will decide on proposals regarding the governor's power, tax breaks for corporations and longer terms for elected county officials after the House and Senate Thursday advanced three constitutional amendments.

Update: Asa Hutchinson Signs Revised Religious Objections Bill

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 05:14 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a revised version of a religious objections bill that supporters say addresses concerns that the original proposal sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Arkansas High Court Creates Separate Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 10:51 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has decided a separate case is needed before they can determine the legality of same-sex marriage - a move that will likely push the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic.

Arkansas Revenue Dips in March After Sluggish Tax Take

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 10:48 am

Arkansas' finance office says a drop in sales and individual income tax collections pushed the state's revenue below both last year's figures and expectations in March.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

Legislature Gives Final OK to $5.2B Budget Bill

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 07:17 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a nearly $5.2 billion budget that boosts money for public schools, Medicaid and prisons while cutting most other state agencies' funding by 1 percent.

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