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President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the U.S. Department of Defense in February 2021
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Joe Biden Plans New Taxes on the Rich to Help Save Medicare

Biden wants to increase the Medicare tax rate from 3.8% to 5% on income exceeding $400,000 per year, including salaries and capital gains. read more >
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivers her inaugural address on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on January 10, 2023
Government & Politics

Sanders to Give GOP Response to Biden Address

The choice reflects the GOP's desire to show that it's creating a new generation of leaders. read more >
The U.S. Capitol
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Shutdown

The measure extends spending to Feb. 18 and includes $7 billion to support Afghanistan evacuees. read more >
Evening rush hour traffic moves through the Interstate 30 Crossing construction zone in Little Rock on Nov. 23, 2021
Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Tourism / Transportation

Infrastructure Deal Finally Gets Done

The windfall is expected to provide $3.6 billion for Arkansas roads and $278 million for bridge repair and replacement. read more >
Joe Biden discusses foreign policy during a presidential campaign speech in New York on Jan. 7, 2020. The president on Sept. 9, 2021 announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine requirements, including a mandate for employers with more 100 workers that requires them to be vaccinated or test weekly for the virus.
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Transportation

Biden Signs $1T Infrastructure Deal With Bipartisan Crowd

Historians, economists and engineers welcomed Biden’s efforts but stressed that it's not nearly enough to overcome the government’s failure for decades to maintain and upgrade the country’s infrastructure. read more >
Three container ships at the Port of Los Angeles in May 2021
Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail / Transportation

Walmart Part of Agreement to Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks, White House Says

The deal between the company and other retail and shipping giants should help move stranded container ships on the West Coast. read more >
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Government & Politics

House Approves Debt & Funding Plan, Inviting Clash With GOP

The government faces a shutdown if funding stops on Sept. 30. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

U.S. Senate Unveils $1T Infrastructure Bill

After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Obama Health Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Obama era health care law, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. read more >
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Government & Politics / Public Companies

Business’ Pushback Against Restrictive Voting Bills Gains Momentum

The pushback against new voting bills and laws in numerous states is growing with dozens of nation's largest corporations and business leaders signing a new statement objecting to “any discriminatory legislation." read more >
Matt Bell, partner in Entegrity of Little Rock, foresees more distributed generation of electric power in the future, and expects a boom in solar projects to continue across Arkansas.
Government & Politics

COVID Relief Deal Bolsters Sun Power; Ozarks Electric Announces ‘Solar Park’

Solar power contractors in Arkansas are calling tax incentives and other provisions of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief plan a boost for the renewable power industry. read more >

Update: Shutdown Deadline Looms Over COVID-19 Relief Talks

Bearing down on a midnight shutdown deadline, top negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package are committed to sealing an agreement Friday as they resolve remaining differences in hopes of passing the legislation this weekend. read more >
Retail / Small Business

Survey Shows Arkansas Restaurants Still Hurting

A new survey by Arkansas Hospitality Association finds restaurants in the state making dramatically less money than in the same time last year, and more than a third are considering closing until the pandemic passes. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Election Observations (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The genius of our elections is their decentralization. They are conducted at the county level, by local officials answerable to local voters and depended upon by local candidates. Systemic corruption would require the kind of vast conspiracy that makes a conspiracy exceptionally unlikely to succeed. read more >
Donald Trump speaks to a 2014 luncheon at the National Press Club.

Trump Signs $484B Measure to Aid Employers, Hospitals

President Donald Trump signs a $484 billion bill to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
The U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.
Banking & Finance

Update: Treasury Proposal Would Deliver $500B to Americans Starting in April

The Treasury Department wants to dedicate $500 billion to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the centerpiece of a $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy amid the coronavirus epidemic. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Investments / Tourism

Building For Tomorrow (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Europe is still on my bucket list, so I’ll never see Notre Dame as she was before last Monday. But, as horrific as the flames looked against the Paris night, the dawn brought renewed hope that a landmark that is centuries older than our country can be restored. read more >
Government & Politics

Regular Order (Editorial)

There is not widespread agreement on the need for a massive border wall, and even the famously resolute Trump has been wishy-washy about exactly what kind of wall he has in mind. Can a price tag even be put on an idea so unformed? read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Trumpcare? Why Not? (Editorial)

There was one undisputed winner of Tuesday’s election: the Affordable Care Act. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Trump Administration To Terminate Obama’s Climate Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. read more >