Government & Politics Archive

Agribusiness Conference Offers Lay of Land for Agriculture

by Todd Traub 2/15/2019 12:01 pm

National, worldwide and political issues dominated the 25th Arkansas State Agribusiness Conference held on the Arkansas State University campus.

Man Must Repay Nearly $1.5M in Bank Embezzlement Scheme

by Associated Press 2/15/2019 11:22 am

A former bank officer must serve two years in federal prison and repay $1.46 million to his former employer.

Arkansas House Gives Final OK to $97M Tax Cut Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2019 02:45 pm

The Arkansas House has given final legislative approval to the Republican governor's $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate.

Truckers, Construction Firms Ready to Roll with Arkansas Highway Plan

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/14/2019 02:33 pm

While Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $300 million per year plan for highways will raise diesel prices for truckers, they'll eventually come out ahead through time saved and fewer equipment repairs, the Arkansas Trucking Association says.

Arkansas House Panel Rejects Democrats' Tax Credit Plan

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 11:31 am

An Arkansas House panel has rejected a Democratic-backed proposal to create a tax credit for low-income residents.

Arkansas Lawmakers File Dozens of Amendment Proposals

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 11:28 am

Arkansas lawmakers filed 31 proposed amendments to the state constitution just before the filing deadline, adding to the dozens of proposals filed this session addressing issues including unpaid prison labor and highway funding.

Arkansas Lawmaker's Plan Tightens Abortion Ban to 18 Weeks

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2019 06:46 am

A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas, which has some of the strictest abortion prohibitions in the country, wants the state to go even further with a measure that would prohibit the procedure 18 weeks into a pregnancy.

Effort to Add Medical Marijuana Conditions in Arkansas Fails

by Associated Press 2/14/2019 06:44 am

An effort to add 40 more conditions that would qualify patients to use medical marijuana in Arkansas has failed before a legislative committee.

Preliminary Budget for Tech Park's Phase II is $26M

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/13/2019 03:09 pm

The not-yet-financed second phase of the Little Rock Technology Park will have a preliminary budget of nearly $26 million, the project's directors announced at a monthly board meeting Wednesday.

Duane Highley to Leave AECC for Similar Job in Colorado

by Kyle Massey and Lance Turner 2/13/2019 02:35 pm

Duane Highley, president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., is leaving the power company to become CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a wholesale power supplier in Colorado.

'Tort Reform' Returns: Lawmakers File Proposal to Allow Damage Limits

by Associated Press 2/13/2019 06:52 am

Arkansas lawmakers are proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to limit damages awarded in lawsuits.

Governor, Business Leaders Form New Innovation Council

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2019 02:58 pm

Key leaders from Arkansas businesses, research universities, philanthropic organizations and state agencies will form the new Arkansas Innovation Council at Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request.

Tax Cut Plan Advances to Final Vote in Arkansas House

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/12/2019 12:48 pm

A $97 million proposal to cut Arkansas' top income tax rate advanced Tuesday toward its final vote in the Legislature, but House leaders were unsure whether it has enough support to pass after facing resistance from some GOP lawmakers.

Douglas: Time Has Come for Online Sales Tax in Arkansas

by Todd Traub 2/12/2019 11:08 am

Fortified by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, supporters of an Arkansas bill to collect taxes from out-of-state, online sales are confident the time has come for the legislation to pass.

Arkansas Senate Approves Increase in Maximum Ethics Fines

by Associated Press 2/11/2019 04:58 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to increase the maximum fines the state Ethics Commission can levy, one of several measures proposed in response to federal corruption probes.

Arkansas House Democrats Announce Tax Cut Plan

by Associated Press 2/11/2019 04:48 pm

Arkansas House Democrats are calling for scaling back the governor's tax cut proposal and offering a tax credit for low-income residents.

Proposed Arkansas Highway Plan Would Raise $300M Per Year

by Lance Turner 2/11/2019 11:49 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders unveil a $300 million per year plan to maintain Arkansas' roads and bridges — one billed as the largest single highway proposal in the state's history.

Video: Governor, Legislative Leaders Unveil Highway Plan

by Lance Turner 2/11/2019 10:31 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders unveil their plan to raise money for Arkansas' highways.

Grocery Ad Sent to Arkansas Stores Says 'Heaven Has a Wall'

by Associated Press 2/11/2019 06:44 am

A grocery store chain is facing criticism after it sent out a weekly ad to stores in Arkansas and Louisiana that included the message: "Heaven has a wall."

Big Deals of 2018 Skyrocket in Arkansas by 267 Percent

by Jan Cottingham 2/11/2019 12:00 am

The value of big deals in Arkansas leaped to $53.9 billion in 2018, a 267 percent increase over the $14.7 billion figure of 2017.