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Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)
The Arkansas Capitol Building in Little Rock.

Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when compared to most states, but there's little political upside to increasing those salaries.
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Outlook on Manufacturing Positive, Still Short of Pre-Recession Levels

All indications show the manufacturing sector is improving in Arkansas, but there is still a ways to go before it reaches the pre-recession levels.
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Total Assets Up to $64.9B, FDIC Report Finds

The number of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. institutions was down three to 111 in the third quarter, but total assets were up more than $1 billion to $64.9 billion, according to a forecast of banking conditions in Arkansas by the FDIC.
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Arkansas Single-Family, Multifamily Permits Down in 3Q, FDIC Report Says

Single-family home permits and multifamily permits were both down in the third quarter, according to a state profile of Arkansas released Monday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
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Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November. read more >

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank. read more >

US Home Construction Drops 1.6 Percent in November

Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes. read more >

Here's Why Oil Is Down by Half And What It Means For You

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months. So what's going on? A global imbalance of supply and demand that is rippling across the world economy, for better and worse. read more >

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

Many articles and reports have been written about the value of a college education. The cost continues to climb, and the opportunities in the marketplace are a struggle for some college graduates. It is no wonder that the value of earning the degree is being questioned. read more >

‘Live Fearless' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn't tolerate for myself and my family for a single day. read more >

Arkansas No. 4 Shale Gas Producer in United States

Shale gas production helped gross withdrawals of natural gas in the United States reach a record high of 82 billion cubic feet per day in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. read more >

Panel Changes Arkansas Pay Raise Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A newly formed commission meeting this week to review and adjust Arkansas elected officials' salaries changes the dynamic of a long-running debate among policymakers. Arkansas' pay for governor, legislators and other elected positions pale when compared to most states, but there's little political upside to increasing those salaries. read more >