Government & Politics Archive

Little Rock Tech Park Board Endorses I-30 Plan

by Sarah Campbell 4/27/2016 09:52 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board endorses the six-lane with four collector/distributor lanes "diamond" plan for the Interstate 30 corridor through Little Rock.

Leslie Rutledge Rejects Wording of Campaign Finance Measure

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 06:56 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Arkansas Senate Upholds Governor on Keeping Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/26/2016 02:29 pm

The Arkansas Senate has upheld Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to keep the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, rejecting an attempt to override his veto of a budget measure that would have ended the subsidized insurance.

Carlson to Headline Fundraiser for Arkansas Republicans

by Associated Press 4/25/2016 11:26 am

Political writer and commentator Tucker Carlson is headlining a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party next month.

State Supreme Court Keeps Eye on Attorney Sanctions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The 16 attorneys facing sanctions for abusing the federal court system in a controversial class-action case aren't the only ones interested in what U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III will do on June 24.

John Goodson: No Role Model (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Judges and lawyers who pervert the judicial system for their enrichment undermine the public's faith in that system. They should not be board members of the state's university system.

Mike Beebe Joins Board of Home BancShares, Stock to Split in June

by Gwen Moritz 4/22/2016 07:39 am

Former Gov. Mike Beebe has been named to the board of directors of Home BancShares Inc., the publicly traded parent company of Centennial Bank that is headed by his college fraternity brother, Chairman John Allison.

City Planners Approve Movie Theater, Retail Space for Bentonville

by Sarah Campbell 4/20/2016 11:03 am

The Bentonville Planning Commission on Tuesday approved construction of a mixed-use retail building and what will be the city's only movie theater.

‘He Was a Gentleman' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/18/2016 12:00 am

Ray Thornton, who died last week at the age of 87, recalled an earlier era in Arkansas politics, when compromise wasn't considered treason, when people could be political foes but personal friends or, at least, friendly.

Taxing Times: IRS Data on Refunds

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/18/2016 12:00 am

The IRS issued more than 119 million refunds amounting to almost $403.3 billion in fiscal year 2015 after collecting more than $3.3 trillion in gross taxes.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 4 Percent in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2016 11:09 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from February to 4 percent in March, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Tyson Foods Proposes $136M Processing Plant at Green Forest

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2016 11:44 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Wednesday proposed a new $136 million, 200,000-SF processing plant near its existing operation in Green Forest.

Katie Grygar Named Communications Director for Tim Griffin

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 03:39 pm

Lieutenant Gov. Tim Griffin today announced the hiring of Deputy Legal Counsel and Communications Director Katie Grygar.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 01:52 pm

Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards, commissions, committees, councils and the state Supreme Court.

In Fiscal Session, Another Battle in the War Over Medicaid (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 4/13/2016 01:28 pm

The 2016 fiscal session began at noon today and, as expected, the battle continues over the re-authorization of the Medicaid expansion program "Arkansas Works," formerly known as the private option. The outlook is not nearly as promising as it was a year ago.

Rick Crawford 'Very Encouraged' After Cuba Trip

by Alexis Hosticka 4/13/2016 10:21 am

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., talks to Arkansas Business about opportunities he sees for trade with Cuba, where he spent four days last week.

Justice, Congressman, University President Ray Thornton Dies at 87

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2016 08:55 am

Raymond "Ray" Hoyt Thornton Jr., a former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice and U.S. representative, died Wednesday morning, according to his sister. He was 87.

Susan Harriman Named Executive Director of ForwARd Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/12/2016 01:43 pm

Susan Harriman has been named executive director of ForwARd Arkansas, a group that aims to improve public education in Arkansas.

Engage Cuba Launches Arkansas Council, Calls for End to Trade Restrictions

by Sarah Campbell 4/11/2016 11:47 am

Engage Cuba President James Williams said Monday that Cuba will pledge to buy a significant amount of rice from the U.S. should the Congress allow trade on credit between the countries.

FBI Peers Into Soul of the South Finances

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Inquiries about how the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission came to invest more than $1.7 million in Soul of the South's short-lived financial fiasco are being made.