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Arkansas Global Connect Acquisition: Expanding Seasonal Labor OpportunitiesLock Icon

Randy Zook, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas, called seasonal labor “a pressing need” in Arkansas and beyond. read more >
An Arkansas judge ruled that Expedia and two other online travel companies improperly pocketed taxes on hotel room bookings.
Government & Politics / Legal / Tourism

State Chamber Voices Concerns in Case Against Online Travel CompaniesLock Icon

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce wants to file a friend of the court brief that would support the online travel companies like Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity. read more >
Business Services / Energy

WM Opens $35M Renewable Natural Gas Facility in Springdale

The facility will process the gas collected from the company’s Eco Vista landfill and is expected to eliminate approximately 40,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

Update: Senate Panel Advances Similar Version of Computer Science Bill

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday said it's still against the proposal. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Restaurants & Food

Not a Good Look for Arkansas (Editorial)

Eliminating a work permit requirement for Arkansas children under 16 is “a solution looking for a problem.” read more >
Rep. Rebecca Burkes, R-Lowell, and Sen. Clint Penzo, R-Springdale, the sponsors of House Bill 1410.
Education / Government & Politics / Legal / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Child Labor Bill Heads to Governor; Opponents Say it Risks Kids’ Safety, Education

The bill, inspired by research from a conservative think tank in Florida, would eliminate a work permit requirement for Arkansas kids under the age of 16. read more >
Alan Turner, national communications director for Be Pro Be Proud
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Alan Turner Named National Communications Chief by Be Pro Be Proud

Turner was previously vice president of marketing at Staley Inc. of Little Rock and had key posts at the Stone Ward advertising agency. read more >
Students use a virtual reality headset at a station inside a "Be Pro Be Proud" mobile workshop
Business Services / Construction / Education / Manufacturing

‘Be Pro Be Proud’ Launches in 4th State

The program's two mobile workshops, which offer hands-on experience with skilled professions, began traveling across North Carolina earlier this month. read more >
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Coolest Thing Made in Arkansas? You Tell Us (Randy Zook Commentary)

Making things is a big deal for all Arkansans, especially those 150,000-plus who work in manufacturing. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies

Governor Enlists Department Heads, Energy CEOs to Protect Power Grid

The goal is to avoid an electrical grid crisis like the one that crippled Texas last winter. read more >
Matthew C. Boch is an attorney with Dover Dixon Horne PLLC.
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Tax Fighters Take Aim at Arkansas Income LevyLock Icon

If Arkansas politicians succeed in a push to abolish the state personal income tax, partly to avoid losing ultra-wealthy residents, the state must reckon with what it will give up: $3 billion a year in revenue. read more >
Government & Politics / Public Companies

Arkansas Bill Would Creates Exemption for Companies’ Vaccine Mandates

Randy Zook of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce warns lawmakers that the proposal could force employers between choosing whether to violate state law or federal regulations. read more >
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Confronting ‘Nitty-Gritty’ of Mandates (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The thought that the federal government is reaching down, via the OSHA and other mechanisms, to put this amount of pressure on employers to vaccinate their employees is remarkable. read more >
Big River Steel, above, and Nucor in Mississippi County have been producing for a soaring market recently. “Steel is our single largest cost component, and the price is up more than 300% in the last 12 months,” said David Peacock, CEO of Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. of Jonesboro.
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Inflation: Costs, Supply Issues Put Squeeze on ManufacturersLock Icon

Raw materials, labor and fuel price increases are forcing producers to both economize and pass on the costs to customers. read more >
Steuart Walton, who is leading the governor's task force on reopening businesses, speaks at a Wednesday news conference.
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Task Force Suggests Strategies to Move Arkansas’ Economy Beyond COVID-19

Arkansas can implement a range of strategies in six key areas to guide itself out of the economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report commissioned by the governor's Economic Recovery Task Force. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol was the scene as Arkansas’ General Assembly enacted restrictions on transgender youths.
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Transgender Laws Draw a Hot SpotlightLock Icon

New restrictions on trangender minors have left the state a target of scorn and boycotts, and LGBTQ activists were calling the new legislation itself a hate crime. read more >
The Biden administration says the American Jobs Plan will invest about 1% of GDP per year over eight years to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.
Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Attracts Criticism

President Joe Biden announced his administration’s $2.3 trillion plan for infrastructure investments March 31. As one might expect, a great many people found fault with it. read more >
Jim Hendren
Government & Politics

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Scaled-Back Hate Crimes Bill

An Arkansas Senate panel advanced a drastically scaled-back hate crimes bill that doesn't include specific references to race, sexual orientation or gender identity. read more >
Randy Zook
Government & Politics / Health Care

Legisature Approves Conscience Objections for Doctors

The Arkansas Legislature approves a bill allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone due to religious or moral objections, sending it to the governor over complaints that would create a blanket right to discriminate against patients. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Panel Rejects Health Care Objections Measure

An Arkansas House panel rejects legislation that would have allowed medical providers to refuse to treat someone because of their religious or moral beliefs after opponents said it was too broad and would allow discrimination against patients. read more >