Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration’s new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.
The Obama administration’s recent proposal to expand overtime eligibility to some 5 million more Americans will curtail work hours and suppress job growth as employers work around the rule to control costs. The plan would more than double the eligibility threshold for overtime pay, to $970 a week from the current cutoff of $455 a week, last adjusted in 2004.
The best way to keep the U.S. Highway Trust Fund solvent is to raise the federal user fee that funds it, said Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation and infrastructure for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in Little Rock.
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas on Tuesday asked legislative leaders to work "to prevent the mischaracterization of Arkansas’s people and their attitudes towards others."
It has been widely reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has promised that the Marketplace Fairness Act will not surface in 2014. Congress’ failure to act on this important measure is a huge setback for Arkansas’ businesses, for our retail and commercial industries, and is another blow by Washington to Arkansas’ economy.