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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.

Immigration Reform Hits Home in Arkansas (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/27/2013 12:00 am

The de facto amnesty our broken immigration system grants to illegal immigrants today directly hinders growth in two important sectors of Arkansas’ economy: agriculture and high tech. Legislation soon to be considered on the floor of the U.S. Senate will address this problem and improve our economic prospects.

Wal-Mart Pushes for More Arkansas Product Makers

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 5/20/2013 11:45 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is making a push to sell more U.S.-made goods and part of that effort includes promoting products made in Arkansas.

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.

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