Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

November 24, 2014

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber
Photo by Kat Wilson & Beth Hall

Steve Clark (left), president and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, says “This is about an ordinance that isn’t workable or well defined.” While Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan (right) says complaints about vague wording in the ordinance aren’t valid.

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background. read more >

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Begins Bureaucrat Shuffle

After eight years with a Democrat at the helm of the executive branch, Republican Asa Hutchinson's agency director appointments are also an opportunity to shape the next four years of business in the state. read more >

Faulkner County's Sallis Ranch Provides Sanctuary for Horses in Need

Greg Sallis has been rescuing horses from bad situations for 30 years. In the early days, Sallis would even resort to buying neglected horses so he could tend to their medical and nutritional needs. After nursing them back to health, he would train them and resell them to recoup some of his out-of-pocket costs. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Executive Q&A

CEO Dan Cushman Shares 'Secret' on Turning Around PAM Transport

CEO Dan Cushman Shares 'Secret' on Turning Around PAM Transport

Dan Cushman became CEO of PAM Transport in 2009 after the company had reported nearly $19 million in annual losses in 2008. During the past three years, PAM entered positive territory, earning $5.91 million in 2013, and it's headed to another profitable year in 2014. read more >

Spotlight:

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

A U.S. District Court case highlights brewing concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2012 and treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000. read more >

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Begins Bureaucrat Shuffle

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Begins Bureaucrat Shuffle

After eight years with a Democrat at the helm of the executive branch, Republican Asa Hutchinson's agency director appointments are also an opportunity to shape the next four years of business in the state. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

The Political-Industrial Complex (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The Political-Industrial Complex (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

There is a parallel between Dwight Eisenhower's military-industrial complex and what has been called the political-industrial complex: the conjunction of an immense political establishment and a large political campaign industry that has been on steroids since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2009. read more >

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level. A question I frequently hear is “How will this affect the Arkansas economy, good and bad?” read more >

Take It From George (Editorial)

Take It From George (Editorial)

One of the mysteries of life is why people refuse to take action that would directly benefit them. Call it the “own worst enemy” syndrome. read more >