Tagged: arkansas state chamber of commerce

Unclaimed Assets Bill, Now Headed to Governor, No 'Cash Grab,' Auditors Say

by Todd Traub 3/14/2019 9:57 am

A bill passed by the Legislature this week addresses the management of unclaimed assets taken by the state, but supporters say the proposal does not amount to the kind of revenue grab described by critics.

A&P Commissions Watching Tax Case on Online Booking

by Mark Friedman 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Websites collect tax on rooms based on customer’s price, not the price paid to hotels.

Where Medical Marijuana Collides With Worker Safety

by Marty Cook 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Two conflicting trends are hitting the United States: a continuing shortage of qualified or willing candidates for truck driving jobs, and the increasing state-level legalization of medical or recreational marijuana.

Groups Ask Arkansas Court to Disqualify Minimum Wage Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/5/2018 8:52 am

A coalition of business groups on Tuesday asked Arkansas' highest court to disqualify a proposal from the November ballot that would raise the state's minimum wage, claiming that thousands of signatures submitted in favor of the proposal were invalid.

State Chamber CEO: Educators Must Adapt to Meet Industry Needs

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 8/23/2018 9:55 am

Manufacturers everywhere are having a hard time finding qualified workers, and in Arkansas, that means the state is falling short of its full potential for economic growth, Randy Zook said Wednesday.

'Tort Reform' Measure May Face Ballot Competition (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/12/2017 7:10 am

An effort to limit civil damages in lawsuits and give the Arkansas Legislature control over court rules was already shaping up to be one of the biggest and expensive campaigns in next year's election.

Legal Adversaries: Bar Association, State Chamber Wage War

by Mark Friedman 6/12/2017 12:00 am

A battle heats up as the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce begins fighting back against an Arkansas Bar Association proposal that would block the chamber's preferred version of tort reform.

John Burgess to Speak at Arkansas Small Business Awards Luncheon

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2017 2:17 pm

John Burgess, president of Mainstream Technologies Inc. of Little Rock, is the keynote speaker at this week's 27th Annual Arkansas Small Business Awards Luncheon.

US Chamber, French Hill: Less Regulation Will Boost Economic Growth

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/21/2017 4:43 pm

French Hill and a U.S. Chamber representative say the economy is growing too slowly because regulations designed for international financial institutions have been imposed on community institutions.

Update: State Chamber Behind Bill to Clarify Workplace Terms of Marijuana Law

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/10/2017 12:45 pm

A bill backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to amend the state's new medical marijuana law was filed Monday by state Rep. Carlton Wing, R-North Little Rock.

State Chamber Drafting Bill to Clarify Marijuana Law for Employers

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 1/16/2017 11:07 am

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus of Little Rock are working on legislation to clarify elements of the state's new medical marijuana law.

Issue 3: A Job-Luring Amendment, or Corporate Welfare?

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2016 12:00 am

If Arkansas voters approve an amendment to the state Constitution in November, supporters say it will help bring more companies and jobs to the state. Opponents say it’s corporate welfare.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration’s new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Arkansas Midland, Magellan Pipeline Settle on Easement

by Mark Friedman 4/18/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Midland Railroad Co. last week settled its easement dispute over Magellan Pipeline Co.’s $200 million pipeline project from Fort Smith to Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Economic Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

An economic development resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions.

Broker Becomes Member of State Chamber Board at 24

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/8/2016 3:34 pm

Flake & Kelley Commercial announced Tuesday that Thomas Schmidt was elected to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

State Chamber Plan Aims to Recruit Skilled, Technical Workers

by Alexis Crowe 3/8/2016 1:05 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce announces the "Be Pro Be Proud" initiative, an effort to bring new professionals into the state's skilled technical workforce.

Shelley Short Promoted at State Chamber of Commerce (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/23/2015 12:00 am

Shelley Short has been named director of programs and marketing by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas.

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/12/2015 12:00 am

Since 1987, the Hall of Fame has recognized a total of 148 Arkansans who are contributing or have contributed significantly to the agriculture industry in Arkansas.

Proposed Overtime Rule Divorced From Reality (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 8/10/2015 12:00 am

The Obama administration’s recent proposal to expand overtime eligibility to some 5 million more Americans will curtail work hours and suppress job growth as employers work around the rule to control costs. The plan would more than double the eligibility threshold for overtime pay, to $970 a week from the current cutoff of $455 a week, last adjusted in 2004.