Trends & Analysis

Fights Still Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Fights Still Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson

There's little guarantee that Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders won't face the type of budget shutdown fight that's accompanied Medicaid expansion since its inception.
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Finding Your Marketplace Identity (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

The decisions involved in buying or selling the places where we live or work can be tightly wrapped in aspirations, hopes and anxiety.
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Home Sales Up 11 Percent Statewide

Home sales in Arkansas rose 11 percent in February, according to a report Wednesday by the Arkansas Realtors Association.
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Report: Arkansas Net Available Revenue Up 6 Percent in April

Gross general revenue for Arkansas came in 1 percent above forecast in April, while net available general revenue was 6 percent above the same month last year and 6 percent above forecast. read more >

US Construction Spending Up 0.3 Percent, Led by Home Building

U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects. read more >

Midwest Economic Survey Index Figure Drops After 3 Increases

Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly after rising for three months, but they still point to economic growth. read more >

Amendments Expand Arkansas Session Beyond Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

When Arkansas voters mandated the Legislature meet annually, the plan was for lawmakers to take up a wide range of issues one year and focus primarily on the budget the next. The same voters can be forgiven if they see little daylight between the two types of sessions nowadays. read more >

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose. read more >

Structural Failure (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and state Auditor Andrea Lea get put on the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior, and their scores are going to look much closer together than the nature of their bad behavior would justify. read more >

Oreos, Apple and Core Knowledge (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Basic. Essential. Enduring. That's what a core is. In business, we often hear the term “core competency.” In this layman's terms it could be expressed in the simple phrase “Stick with what you know.” read more >

US New-Home Sales Fall in March for Third Straight Month

Americans stepped back from buying new homes in March, the third straight monthly decline as sales plunged sharply in the Western states. read more >