Tagged: arkansas state chamber of commerce

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 09:59 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 04:53 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.

Health Care, Tax Cuts Issues Colliding (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2013 06:32 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 09:52 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 04:37 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 01:20 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.

From the State Chamber of Commerce President Randy Zook

by Randy Zook 7/23/2012 12:00 am

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas strives 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.

From the Leadership Arkansas Program Coordinator Susie Marks

by Susie Marks 7/25/2011 12:00 am

Five years into its inception, Leadership Arkansas has inspired, educated and engaged more than 300 citizens to leverage the unique opportunities, and to understand the specific issues facing our great state. Through a unique nine-month education experience, Leadership Arkansas class members interact with top state officials, corporate and community leaders, educators and others who receive, deliver or make decisions and policy that affect services across our state.

From the State Chamber of Commerce President Randy Zook

by Randy Zook 7/25/2011 12:00 am

Leadership Arkansas's curriculum is a rich blend of experiences that acquaint the participant with both statewide and regional challenges that need to be addressed in your local community, Arkansas and the nation.