Tagged: freedom of information act

Financial Literacy for Legislators (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/16/2018 12:00 am

Financial incompetence is not a crime, but desperate people do desperate things.

Business and Efficient Government (Greg Kaza Commentary)

by Greg Kaza 2/26/2018 12:00 am

Private businesses routinely rely on consultants for their expertise, so why shouldn’t the state of Arkansas if it saves tax dollars?

10 Years Later, Investigation of Glasgow Disapperance 'Still Open and Ongoing'

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2018 12:00 am

The 10th anniversary late last month of the disappearance of Little Rock construction executive John Glasgow prompted Whispers to make a Freedom of Information Act request for the Little Rock Police Department’s investigative file.

Trust, But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/5/2018 12:00 am

UAMS, ostensibly accountable to the public, is selling its doctors’ services, and the taxpayers who employ those doctors aren’t allowed to know how much the buyer is paying.

Request Denied: States Try to Block Access to Public Records

by Andrew DeMillo and Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press 9/18/2017 7:23 am

Lawmakers across the country — including in Arkansas — introduced and debated dozens of bills during this year's legislative sessions that would close or limit public access to a wide range of government records and meetings.

State to Hear Final Presentations from Potential Parks & Tourism Promoters

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/24/2017 12:00 am

Presentations to be made by the three final advertising firms vying for the state's parks and tourism account, which used to be open to the public, will be closed this time.

No Word Yet on White County Going Wet

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Despite persistent chatter, no application for a new permit to serve alcohol by the drink in Searcy has been filed with the ABC.

Righting an FOI Wrong (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/16/2017 12:00 am

The recent downfall of former state Rep. Micah Neal provides us a good opportunity to make an appeal to his former colleagues in the Legislature to undo some of the damage he did.

UAMS Cures RxResults’ One-Sided Contract

by Mark Friedman 9/26/2016 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has corrected a contract that for nearly eight years gave a private company the exclusive right to market UAMS’ intellectual property and resulted in no royalty payments for UAMS.

It Takes a Village II (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/29/2016 12:00 am

This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company.

Arkansas Insurance Department Puts Out Feelers on New Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Insurance Department may have its eye on a new office building.

Let the Sun Shine (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansans have had the legal right to know more about what all levels of our government are saying and doing for longer than most other Americans, but legislators do keep chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — and refusing to adopt technology that could improve its service to taxpayers.

John Goodson Helped Law Firms Get State Auditor Contract Potentially Worth Millions

by Mark Friedman 2/22/2016 12:00 am

State Auditor Andrea Lea agreed to pay inexperienced out-of-state attorneys a fee nearly twice as high as other states have committed to pay in a pursuit of unredeemed U.S. Treasury bonds.

Not Our Idea of Transparency (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/22/2016 12:00 am

The issue of government officials using private email accounts has been much in the news, you may have noticed.

Prep Continues as David's Burgers Flips River Market Location

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2015 12:00 am

The David’s Burgers location in Little Rock’s River Market District has run into some delays, but David “Alan” Bubbus Jr., owner of the burgeoning restaurant chain, is hoping it will be open by spring, maybe in April.

Freedom of Information at Work (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/30/2015 12:00 am

We see the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act being chipped away at all the time. The right for citizens to know what their government knows and what their government does has to be protected vigorously.

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.

Drip, Drip, Drip (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/16/2015 12:00 am

People again are chipping away at Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act. Does that mean that the Legislature is in session? Why, yes. Yes, it does.

Mixed-Drink Sales Vital To Restaurant Bottom Lines

by Jan Cottingham 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Since some cities have levied local taxes on sales of alcoholic beverages, a missing factor of our top-selling restaurants can be learned.

Of Wolves, Lambs and the FOI (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/23/2014 12:00 am

The government (employees) owes taxpayers (employers) an accounting of how their money is spent.