Government & Politics Archive

MediPays Rebrands Online Platform for Marijuana Businesses

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/11/2018 10:50 am

MediPays of Little Rock has rebrands its full-service online banking platform for marijuana-related businesses with a new name, Abaca.

Today's Power Looking Forward to a Sunny 2019 This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2018 12:00 am

Today's Power Inc., the Little Rock company specializing in building small utility-scale solar power generation projects for the state's electric distribution co-ops, has six noteworthy projects on the books for 2019.

Conway Hospital Rivalry Goes Before Lawmakers This article is available only in print.

by Mark Friedman 12/10/2018 12:00 am

State lawmakers are scheduled to resume their inquiry into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' contract to provide emergency room and orthopedic services at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.

Construction of Third Maumelle Interchange Set to Begin on I-40

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2018 12:00 am

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, Dec. 10, to mark the beginning of construction on the new Maumelle interchange on Interstate 40 in Pulaski County.

Conway's Central Landing Finally Gets Its Liftoff This article is available only in print.

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/10/2018 12:00 am

Construction project on old municipal airport land in Conway includes $70 million, 339-unit Fountaine Bleau at Central Landing.

Construction Spending Slips Slightly in October

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2018 12:00 am

Construction spending in the United States fell 0.1 percent in October compared with September, its third straight monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Spending reached a peak of $1.32 trillion in May.

St. Louis Fed: Construction, Real Estate Indicators Mixed

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2018 12:00 am

Economic conditions have improved slightly this fall in the Federal Reserve's 8th District, which includes Arkansas, according to the periodical Beige Book released in November.

Ready for the Minimum Wage Hike? (Trey Cooper Commentary)

by Trey Cooper 12/10/2018 12:00 am

Becoming more efficient may be helpful to employers in absorbing the initial shock of the increased minimum wage.

A Surrender of Oversight (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/10/2018 12:00 am

The story about the mental health services provider that ripped off both taxpayers and the mentally ill reveals what happens when bureaucrats and lawmakers surrender their oversight duties to highly conflicted parties.

AEDI Finds Family Income, Poverty Trends 'Hopeful'

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/7/2018 11:48 am

Average and median family incomes rose for 2013-2017, compared with 2008-2013, according to the American Community Survey released by the Arkansas Economic Development Institute.

Jerome Powell: Fed Concerned About Rural Poverty

by Associated Press 12/7/2018 06:35 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the U.S. economy overall is strong but many rural areas are falling farther behind.

Program Restores Grants For Inmates Pursuing Degrees

by Todd Traub 12/5/2018 02:11 pm

A federal program, whose Arkansas participants include Shorter College in Little Rock and Arkansas State University-Newport, provides need-based Pell Grants to state and federal prisoners through college partnerships.

Little Rock Voters Choose Frank Scott Jr. for Mayor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/5/2018 06:49 am

A banking executive and former highway commissioner won Tuesday's runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas' capital six decades after it was the center of a school desegregation crisis.

Arkansas Revenue Rises in November

by Associated Press 12/4/2018 04:04 pm

Arkansas finance officials say an increase in sales and income tax collections kept the state's revenue in November above forecast and the level recorded in November 2017.

InVeritas Names New VP

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2018 09:23 am

Attorney Will Gruber will join global public affairs firm inVeritas of Little Rock as vice president of government relations and strategic partnerships.

Hutchinson: No Mandate for Armed Presence at K-12 Schools

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/4/2018 07:18 am

Arkansas' Republican governor said Monday that he doesn't believe the state needs to require schools to have an armed presence on campus but said districts should be able to apply for state facilities funding to pay for security upgrades.

Local Leaders OK Quapaw Casino for Pine Bluff

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/3/2018 02:18 pm

Local leaders in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff have signed off on Downstream Development Authority, owner and operator of Downstream Casino Resort, as the area's casino operator.

Nexstar Offers Just Over $4B for Tribune Media

by Associated Press 12/3/2018 09:37 am

Nexstar offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Higher Standard: Will New Deduction Rules Hit Arkansas Tax Pros?

by Kyle Massey 12/3/2018 12:00 am

Doing your own taxes can be like changing your own motor oil, Little Rock CPA Brian Thompson says. Even if it's simple, it can be a mess.

Dog's Sad Tale Wends Its Way to 8th Circuit

by Mark Friedman 12/3/2018 12:00 am

The story of Bibi, a purebred puppy who was lost, found, sterilized and adopted, is heading to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.