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Arkansas Panel: Look at Tax Hikes, Revenue Shifts for Roads

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2015 5:30 pm

A task force on Thursday recommended several options for boosting money for Arkansas roads, including tapping into car sales tax revenue and raising fuel taxes, but stopped short of endorsing a specific plan to address a highway funding shortfall.

Leading From The Front on Ex-Im Bank (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/6/2015 8:18 am

The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which supported more than $250 billion in U.S. exports and 1.3 million American jobs since 2009.

Proposed Overtime Rule Divorced From Reality (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 8/10/2015 12:00 am

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.

State Chamber Investigation Follows Resignation of SVP Susie Marks

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/3/2015 12:00 am

Susie Marks resigned suddenly as senior vice president of programs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in June, and that resignation has been followed by an investigation into missing money.

Johnny Key, Randy Zook to Speak at Educators Symposium

by Alexis Hosticka 6/8/2015 2:10 pm

The Northwest Arkansas P-20 Task Force is offering a free, daylong symposium for pre-K-college educators, legislators and industry leaders.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States.

Chambers of Commerce Worried Over Judge's Payment Ruling

by Mark Friedman 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge’s ruling last month that ordered the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock to stop paying chambers of commerce and related entities for economic development programs sent shock waves through chamber offices across the state.

Randy Zook Expects Court Challenges Over Amendment 3

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/8/2014 6:31 pm

The head of the state's largest business lobbying group says he expects court challenges aimed at clarifying questions surrounding a new constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits.

No More Stalling on Marketplace Fairness (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

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.

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.

Next Arkansas Governor Inherits Long-Time Delta Woes (AP Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/17/2014 1:12 pm

The head of the Delta Regional Authority said a mouthful when he told a jobs conference last week that Arkansas' next governor would face a unique set of challenges after taking office in 2015. Unique? Yes. New? No.

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.

Local Politics Affects Senators on Minimum Wage

by Associated Press 2/26/2014 8:08 am

Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats' upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he'll vote against the bill, but on the key roll call may oppose GOP efforts to filibuster it to death.

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.

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."

The Price Of Partisanship (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/15/2014 2:30 pm

The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas this November will be one of the most closely watched in the country. With business issues at the forefront, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has chosen a partisan path.

‘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.

Better Right? Or Better Fast? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/8/2013 12:00 am

The longer the highly divisive Affordable Care Act is delayed, the likelier it is to be not completely overturned but transformed by politics into an even more complex system that’s even less likely to succeed.


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