Government & Politics Archive

State Rejects Ghidotti-Vines Protest on Lottery Contract

by Kyle Massey 1/4/2017 07:01 am

The Office of State Procurement has rejected one of two rivals' protests to the choice of CJRW for a five-year, $34.5 million advertising and public relations contract with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Dennis Jungmeyer Retires, Reflects on 38 Years at AADA

by Sarah Campbell 1/3/2017 01:47 pm

Dennis Jungmeyer, outgoing president of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, has retired after 38 years. Here, he offers some insight into a industry poised for change.

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame to Induct Five

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/3/2017 11:48 am

The Arkansas Farm Bureau announced that five people will be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame for their leadership and service to the state's largest business sector.

US Sen. Warren Seeks to Pull Pot Shops out of Banking Limbo

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 07:46 am

As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block — lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

AP: Medical Marijuana Was Arkansas' Top News Story in 2016

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:32 am

A decision by Arkansas' voters to let residents with certain medical conditions obtain marijuana to ease their symptoms was an overwhelming choice as the state's top news story of 2016.

Medical Pot, Trump Shape Arkansas Politics in '17 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:26 am

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

Bumpers, Thornton Among Arkansas Notables Who Died During 2016

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:20 am

A former U.S. senator who defended an impeached president during his Senate trial and a former U.S. representative who was a member of House committee that brought articles of impeachment against another president are among the notable Arkansans who died during 2016.

2016: The Year in Executive Q&A

by Gwen Moritz 1/2/2017 12:00 am

This week, for the third time, we offer a compilation that appeals to the universal interest in other people: all 50 of 2016's Executive Q&A features in the first issue of Arkansas Business for 2017.

Pay to Rise for Millions as 19 States Increase Minimum Wage

by Associated Press 12/30/2016 07:23 am

It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.

In the Workplace 2017: LGBT Rights and Immigration Law Compliance

by Michelle Kaemmerling and Neemah Esmaeilpour 12/30/2016 07:00 am

A look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid

by Associated Press 12/29/2016 11:23 am

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years - overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

In the Workplace 2017: 'Ban the Box' and Concerted Activity Under the NLRA

by Regina Young and John Davis 12/29/2016 06:51 am

A quick look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017

by Associated Press 12/28/2016 07:45 am

While many business owners are more confident because their revenue looks to increase in 2017 due to the overall improving economy, they're also optimistic because they expect Donald Trump to deliver on promises to lower taxes and roll back regulations including parts of the health care law.

In the Workplace 2017: New EEOC Forms Will Lead to More Scrutiny of Pay Practices

by Troy Price 12/28/2016 07:00 am

Changes are coming to the EEO-1 form certain employers must file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Here's what to expect.

GOP: Cut Taxes, Change Brackets; But What About Deficits

by Associated Press 12/26/2016 08:42 am

Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants, and corporations that can easily shift profits — and jobs — overseas. It won't be easy.

Civility Follows Arkansas' Electoral Vote, a Sign of Future?

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 12/26/2016 07:26 am

It was touch-and-go for a minute or two, but as Arkansas' old Supreme Court chamber cleared following a meeting of the state's Electoral College, there were surer signs that a divided nation can coexist in a Donald Trump presidency.

In the Workplace 2017: How Arkansas Employers Can Deal with Medical Marijuana

by Stuart Jackson 12/26/2016 07:00 am

Now that Arkansas has a medical marijuana law on the books, employers must prepare to address this issue. Here's how.

UAPB Signs $19.3M Contract for Energy-Saving Improvements

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 01:35 pm

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Thursday that it has signed a $19.3 million contract with Performance Services of Indianapolis, Indiana, through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program.

Arkansas Automobile Dealers Name Greg Kirkpatrick President

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 10:40 am

The Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association says that, effective Jan. 1, Greg Kirkpatrick will be its new president.

Conservation Projects Awarded $8.3M in Grants

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2016 09:11 am

The Arkansas Rice Federation says that three projects in Arkansas have been awarded $8.38 million for the 2017 fiscal year through the competitive Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

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