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Sign Here and Here (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Signing two petitions is the first step to protecting our right to government records. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Industry

Entegrity’s Flint Richter Discusses Solar Policies Shifting this FallLock Icon

On Oct. 1, the new state policy will cut the credit by about half, from the retail rate utilities charge for power to the wholesale rate they pay for it. read more >
Construction / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Zaxby’s Quartet Totals $6.6 Million (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Four Zaxby’s in Pulaski County changed hands in a series of $1.65 million deals. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Arkansas Approves $5M for Filmmaking Incentives

The Arkansas Cinema Society and the Fort Smith International Film Festival announced Friday that state lawmakers have approved a $5 million appropriation for film rebates. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved […] read more >
Austin Taylor, an installer with Delta Solar of Little Rock, performed maintenance tasks last week on an array that provides 10% of the power used by the city of England.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

2024 Solar Deadline Poses Challenges for DevelopersLock Icon

Recent legislation changing Arkansas’ solar power policy has solar developers scrambling. read more >
A crew from Seal Solar of North Little Rock installs solar panels at 107 Liquor in Sherwood.
Energy / Government & Politics

Bill Cutting Solar Power Credits Goes to Governor

The state’s largest power company, Entergy Arkansas, praised the passage of the legislation. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Bill to Cut Solar Panels’ Return on Investment Clears State Senate

The amended bill will essentially halve the credit that utilities pay to customers — both residential and commercial — who generate their own power. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

A Solar Compromise with House Bill 1370

A bill to shift Arkansas policy on solar power appeared headed toward legislative victory last week after some compromises and a heated committee hearing. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics

Tentative Deal Reached in Showdown Over Solar Credit

The agreement includes amendments to persuade a trade group, the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, to drop its opposition. read more >
Heather Nelson, chair of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association board, speaks at the trade group's annual meeting and policy conference in Little Rock in October 2021.
Energy / Government & Politics

Renewable Energy Proponents Prepare for Heated Battle Over Solar Bill

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association says the legislation could cripple the state’s burgeoning renewable energy sector. read more >
A solar installer at a job financed via Loanpal, which finances sustainable home projects. It opened a planned 100-worker operation last month in Bentonville.
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Businesses, Nonprofits Rally Behind Solar Power, Against New Bill

They say the legislation, which would roll back net metering, would cripple the industry. read more >
A technician installs fiber optic cables. Little River County, Arkansas has received a $2 million federal grant to build fiber optic cable lines to support broadband infrastructure. 
Construction / Government & Politics

$53M in Broadband Grant Money Flowing Again

Eight projects had been on hold after the governor abolished a steering committee for the funds. read more >
A high-speed broadband technician in northwest Arkansas connects one of OzarksGo’s 35,000 customers.
Construction / Government & Politics

OzarksGo Continues On, Other Broadband Projects Paused

A number of broadband projects statewide were paused last month by the arrival of Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ administration at the Capitol. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Manufacturing / Real Estate

Logging Big Gains in Arkansas Forestry (Jeff Wardlaw & Jonathan Dismang Commentary)

Significant economic development projects by companies like Highland Pellets — and the positive ripple effects they create — are a prime illustration of the benefits of supporting Arkansas’ timber industry. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Tax Cut Package, Adjourn Session

The package includes a nonrefundable $150 tax credit for individuals making up to $87,000 a year. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Income Tax Cut During Session

Legislative panels also endorsed incentives aimed at helping the state lure a U.S. Steel expansion in Mississippi County. read more >
UAMS Medical Center in central Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Panel Delays Vote on Agencies’ Vaccine Requirements

The agencies say they need to follow a federal vaccine mandate to protect millions of dollars in funding, even though the mandate conflicts with state law. read more >
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Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Opt-Out for COVID Vaccine Mandates

Gov. Asa Hutchinson opposes the bill but has not said whether he'll veto it. read more >
Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe (left) and Rep. Spencer Hawks, R-Conway, successfully sponsored changes to the Arkansas Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 2007.
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Balance Was Goal of Rental ReformLock Icon

Arkansas bears the distinction of having the least equitable laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship in the nation. read more >

Asa Hutchinson Signs Tax Forgiveness Bill Into Law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law legislation that forgives taxes on unemployment benefits paid to Arkansans in 2020 and 2021. read more >