Government & Politics Archive

NERA Study: EPA Regs Would Cost Arkansas Jobs, Millions in Compliance

by Lee Hogan 7/31/2014 10:31 am

A new study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers, says new ozone regulations would cost Arkansas thousands of jobs per year and hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs.

Rick Crawford Among 5 to Oppose VA Overhaul Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/31/2014 07:39 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford was among five House members Wednesday to oppose a measure to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care, a vote that drew immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger.

Two Races and Our Political Future (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 7/30/2014 09:58 am

Political races for Senate and Governor in Arkansas have the potential to redefine the political landscape in Arkansas for many years to come, and the outcomes will have far-reaching implications for the state's economic, social and political future.

Revised Data: US Grew Faster in 2nd Half of 2013

by Associated Press 7/30/2014 07:43 am

Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.

US Economy Grew at Strong 4 Percent Rate in Spring

by Associated Press 7/30/2014 07:42 am

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

Madison County Voters to Weigh Sales Tax Increase

by Associated Press 7/29/2014 09:14 am

Madison County voters will get to decide whether to increase the sales tax by a penny to help fund the county jail and other needs.

Arkansas Attorney General Asks to Help Defend Drilling Tax Break

by Associated Press 7/28/2014 10:32 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to defend in court a $5 million tax break the Legislature gave the natural gas industry after the state's top finance official said the exemption was unconstitutional.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

Hospitals, Medical Society At Odds Over New Legislation

by Mark Friedman 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Medical Society and the Arkansas Hospital Association don't see eye-to-eye on new legislation that deals with physician peer reviews. Last month, Baptist Health of Little Rock, Mercy Health System of Chesterfield, Missouri, which operates six hospitals in Arkansas, and Washington Regional Medical Center of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of the Peer Review Fairness Act of 2013.

Immigration Reform Now (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/28/2014 12:00 am

In the last week an Arkansas religious leader and an Arkansas business leader weighed in on the need for immigration reform. Together they make a compelling argument for Congress to quit grandstanding and address the issue — now.

Big River Steel's John Correnti on Government's Role in Private-Sector Projects? 'Stay Out'

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Big River Steel LLC, has more than 40 years of experience in the steel industry. Big River Steel, a $1.3 billion project, is being built in Mississippi County near Osceola. It's expected to employ more than 525 workers with average yearly compensation of $75,000.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

Clinton Connected With Correnti To Lobby for Big River Steel Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

John Correnti, the man behind Big River Steel and this week's Executive Q&A, thought he was being pranked when former President Bill Clinton called to lobby Correnti to put his $1 billion-plus steel mill in Arkansas.

Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/27/2014 03:42 pm

A proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted as a way to put major ethics reforms on the ballot. But the proposed constitutional amendment is facing growing opposition focused primarily on its term limits provisions.

Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 01:35 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is sponsoring legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.

Groups See Competitive Threat In Tyson Foods' Deal for Hillshire

by Marty Cook 7/25/2014 01:20 pm

A coalition of 82 farm, consumer and community groups urged the U.S. Justice Department to extend its antitrust division's review of Tyson Foods Inc.'s $8.55 billion deal to acquire Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago.

Arkansas Prison Board Seeks Proposals for New Prison

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 11:43 am

The Arkansas Board of Corrections is asking for proposals from communities interested in hosting a new, 1,000-bed state prison.

Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2014 08:52 am

Brandon Barber's day of reckoning approaches — he's scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison.

Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

by Associated Press 7/25/2014 07:32 am

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.

Pulaski County Jail Reopens For First Time Since July 1

by Associated Press 7/24/2014 09:08 am

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden says the jail reopened at 6 a.m. Thursday. The jail had been closed since July 1, after its population rose to 1,281 inmates.