Tagged: arkansas state chamber of commerce

Cleared for Ballot, Wage Hike Faces Easy Path

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/30/2014 9:10 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage hike on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no organized opposition as Election Day nears.

Bob Lamb, Longtime State Chamber Leader, Dies at 82

by Jan Cottingham 10/27/2014 8:58 am

Bob Lamb, who headed the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas for 25 years and worked on economic development in the state for many more, died Saturday in Fayetteville. He was 82.

Arkansas Works Better When Arkansans Vote (Randy Zook Feedback)

by Randy Zook 9/29/2014 12:00 am

America works better when Americans vote, but Americans can’t vote unless they are registered. There are millions of employees across the U.S. who have not registered to vote, but it isn’t too late to get them registered. The Arkansas Prosperity Project, a grassroots coalition of local businesses and trade associations, is proud to participate in a Get Out the Vote strategy by and for the business community called “Employees Vote.”

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 7:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

From the State Chamber of Commerce President Randy Zook

by Randy Zook 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Our mission is to promote a pro-business, free enterprise agenda and prevent anti-business legislation, regulations and rules. Now more than ever, business matters to our nation’s future. In the global economy, our competitive capacity must be all it can possibly be — and the State Chamber/AIA works every day to make that happen.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it’s aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Arkansas' Manufacturing Sector Takes Baby Steps Back in 2013

by Marty Cook 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Kathy Deck, the director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, said the state reported 155,100 manufacturing jobs in December 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop of 300 jobs from the 155,400 reported in December 2012 is a decrease of about 0.2 percent.

Karen Harbert to Speak on Energy at Little Rock Luncheon

by Lee Hogan 2/19/2014 9:59 am

Karen Harbert, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy, is scheduled to speak at a downtown Little Rock luncheon Feb. 25.

The Butterfly Effect (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business supports the so-called private option, the mechanism that extends health care coverage to thousands of Arkansans.

Arkansas Chamber: Not Renewing Private Option Will Cost Businesses in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 1/22/2014 4:53 pm

The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas is sharing a report with members today that says businesses in Arkansas will face $27 million to $40 million in tax increases if the Legislature doesn't renew the "private option."

Kenneth Camp, Former State Chamber Lobbyist, Dies at 75

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2013 12:30 pm

Kenneth R. Camp of Jonesboro, a former lobbyist for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, died Dec. 3 at the St. Bernards Medical Center. He was 75.

‘Marketplace Fairness’ Online Tax Waits for Congress

by Luke Jones 10/21/2013 12:00 am

After years of court battles and failed bills, Congress is the only hope left for a measure intended to level the tax playing field between physical businesses and their online-only competitors.

Promotion of Natural Gas as Fuel Benefits Arkansans (Michael J. Callan Commentary)

by Michael J. Callan 6/24/2013 12:00 am

The environment, economic development and transportation are issues each state legislature and governor must address. Recently, Arkansas lawmakers approached three questions: How can Arkansas improve air quality, lower fuel costs and support homegrown industry? They found the answer to those questions right below their feet in abundant supply — natural gas.

Arkansas Chamber Backs In-State Tuition Proposal

by Associated Press 4/3/2013 4:51 pm

The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.

Health Care, Tax Cuts Issues Colliding (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2013 6:32 pm

As Arkansas lawmakers approach what could be the final weeks of this year's session, it's becoming clearer that proposals to expand health insurance to low-income workers and to cut $100 million in taxes are colliding.

Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Backs Health Care Insurance Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2013 9:52 am

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is backing a proposal to expand health insurance to thousands of low-income residents by purchasing private coverage with federal Medicaid funds.

Legislative Roundup: House Committee Votes Down Increase to Minimum Wage

by Mark Carter 3/11/2013 12:00 am

Abortion and voter ID bills remained on the legislative front burner as well while lawmakers positioned themselves for the coming debate over Medicaid expansion.

Legislative Roundup: Minimum Wage Bill Would Raise Hourly Rate by $2

by Mark Carter 3/4/2013 12:00 am

Recent headlines notwithstanding, guns and abortion aren’t the only topics being debated at the 89th General Assembly. This week, business owners will be watching a bill that would raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.25.

Arkansas Aerospace Alliance Sets Sights on Promoting, Supporting State's Aviation Sector

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/28/2012 4:37 pm

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas has announced the formation of the Arkansas Aerospace Alliance, a trade association "to support and promote the growth of the aerospace and aviation industry in the state."

Battelle Study: Arkansas Poised to Grow Knowledge-Based Economy

by Mark Carter 11/27/2012 1:20 pm

A study commissioned by the Arkansas Research Alliance finds the state well positioned to create more high-paying jobs. The report aims to gauge progress of a 2009 plan to develop "knowledge-based" jobs.