Government & Politics Archive

GOP States Discover A Tax Hike They Have to Like: For Roads

by Associated Press 4/15/2019 06:50 am

After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states — including Arkansas — have decided it's time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect.

Former Mayor Stodola Joins Barber Firm This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2019 12:00 am

This month, former Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola joined the Barber Law Firm as an “of counsel” attorney.

Black Apple Crossing Pleased with Clarification on Cider House Rules This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Five years after hard cider manufacturer Black Apple Crossing was founded in downtown Springdale, it's now legal — well, even more legal — to manufacture hard cider in Arkansas.

Springdale Hopes Opportunity Strikes This article is available only in print.

by Marty Cook 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Daniel Hintz knows about revitalizing a city's downtown area and believes a new federal tax program could be just the ticket for Springdale's budding efforts.

This Can't Be Right (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/15/2019 12:00 am

If we changed our law to eliminate the temptation to employ a legal fiction that has failed in court after court, perhaps cases such as the current one against Progressive Eldercare Services could be streamlined.

Regnat Populus? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Whether Arkansas legislators have confidence in Arkansas voters to know what's best for them pretty much depends on the issue.

Central Arkansas Average Weekly Earnings on Rise

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Private-sector workers in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area earned an average of $861.50 each week as of February 2019.

NLR Doctor Sees Benefits of Marijuana

by Mark Friedman 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Dr. Brian Nichol of North Little Rock already has seen how marijuana has helped his patients deal with stress and pain.

Arkansas Banks and Marijuana (Robert T. Smith Commentary)

by Robert T. Smith 4/15/2019 12:00 am

With the rollout of medical marijuana in full swing for Arkansas-based cultivators, dispensaries and patients, businesses vying to provide them with products and services remain in an uncertain position.

UCA's Lewis Chosen as Ambassador for Scholars Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2019 12:00 am

Vance Johnson Lewis has been appointed ambassador to the management education and development division of the Academy of Management, a professional association for management and organization scholars.

Indictment Claims Charity Money Went to Missouri Politicians

by Associated Press 4/12/2019 04:30 pm

Officials at a Missouri nonprofit organization accused of bribing Arkansas lawmakers also illegally used the charity's money to funnel campaign contributions to Missouri politicians, according to a federal indictment.

Teams From Four Schools Win $154K In Governor's Cup

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/12/2019 10:47 am

Teams representing four Arkansas universities won first place awards and a share of $154,000 in cash prices Thursday at the 2019 Arkansas Governor's Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition luncheon.

Daisy Bates, Johnny Cash Statues Headed to US Capitol

by Hannah Grabenstein, The Associated Press 4/11/2019 04:17 pm

Statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash — two of Arkansas' most celebrated icons — are headed to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in a U.S. Capitol display.

Jeremy Hutchinson Faces New Corruption Charges in Missouri

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2019 02:14 pm

Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has been indicted and accused of accepting bribes from a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe.

Trump Administration Appeals on Medicaid Work Requirements

by Associated Press 4/10/2019 04:40 pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday appealed recent rulings in a closely watched case involving health care for the poor, after a federal judge blocked work requirements for some low-income people on Medicaid.

Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Budget, Wrap Up 2019 Session

by Associated Press 4/10/2019 03:25 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.7 billion budget and wrapped up this year's legislative session.

Osceola May Soon Have Buyer for Fruit of the Loom Building

by Todd Traub 4/10/2019 03:04 pm

The city of Osceola is hoping to find an attractive offer for a vacant industrial property when sealed bids are opened Thursday morning.

Legislators Approve Hutchinson's Plan to Reorganize State Government

by Associated Press 4/10/2019 11:17 am

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation outlining his plan to cut the number of departments answering directly to him from 42 to 15.

Arkansas Lawmakers Revive Anti-'Sanctuary Cities' Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2019 05:17 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have revived a proposal to cut off funding to "sanctuary" cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities despite concerns from the state's Republican governor that the current measure could open the door to racial profiling.

State Lawmakers Give Initial OK to $5.7B Budget Bills

by Associated Press 4/9/2019 05:14 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to legislation that outlines the state's proposed $5.7 billion budget for the coming year as they prepare to wrap up this year's session.