Tagged: arkansas general assembly

Legislative Auditor Roger Norman Examines Where Most Accounting Issues Take Place

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Norman, a past president of the National State Auditors Association, serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

Charting a Course for Road Funding in Arkansas (Erika Gee and Justin Allen Commentary)

by Erika Gee and Justin Allen 10/23/2017 12:00 am

Our roads are in need of repair and expansion, but the money necessary to meet these needs isn’t there. Decisions made in the coming months by elected officials, and possibly the voters, will shape the future of our transportation infrastructure for years to come.

Guns, Shared Background Checks Coming Soon to Arkansas Offices

by Mark Friedman 7/3/2017 12:00 am

The 91st General Assembly passed bills that allows employees to bring their concealed handguns to their employer’s private parking lot and requires employers that conduct background checks to share the results with the employee or applicant upon request.

Working on Arkansas Works (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/1/2017 12:00 am

The state’s iteration of the Affordable Care Act has been praised for reducing the ranks of the uninsured, giving thousands more Arkansans access to primary health care and lessening reliance on emergency care.

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/13/2017 12:00 am

This week is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to public information and open government. It’s timely, considering that the 91st General Assembly has been busily chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, already less robust than it was when it was a national model 50 years ago.

Re-examining New Avenues to the Arkansas Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 1/16/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Bar Association said last week that it isn’t looking at another proposed state constitutional amendment creating a system in which state Supreme Court justices would be appointed rather than elected.

The Sales Tax: Consumers Get It (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 1/9/2017 12:00 am

If voters know exactly what a sales tax is for — a new jail or community center or fire station, an economic development incentive for a new factory, a local road project — the likelihood local voters will support the local tax is greatly increased.

Amendment Wish List (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/21/2016 12:00 am

In a few days, many of us will gather with friends and family to give thanks. Last week, two Arkansas legislators — one a Republican, one a Democrat — provided us with a couple of reasons to thank them for good service.

New State Law Ends Public Reporting of Restaurant Revenues

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas General Assembly, in a move generating little publicity, last month enacted Act 1102, which exempts local option taxes, also called hotel-motel-restaurant or HMR taxes, from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The Moral of ‘Jurassic Park’ (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Taking a breather from making the most permanent kind of state law is a spectacular idea. And it suggests the kind of institutional maturity that we had begun to despair of. Deliberative bodies should be very deliberate.

Don’t Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers’ offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

Attracting the ‘Right People’ (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/10/2014 12:00 am

It’s time to reconsider legislative compensation in Arkansas. We don’t know the perfect formula, but it needs to reward part-time work well enough that the right people can afford to do it.

Arkansas Lawmakers to Begin Budget Hearings

by Associated Press 10/9/2012 8:12 am

Arkansas lawmakers are beginning work on the state's budget with questions unanswered about the state's financial and political future.