Roby Brock

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Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net covers business and political news happening in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Talk Business-Hendrix Poll: Public Weighs In On Private Option

Arkansas voters view the private option insurance plan more favorably than unfavorably, according to a new survey from Talk Business and Hendrix College.

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Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Little Rock-based Acxiom Begins Laying Off Employees

Acxiom Corp. began a round of layoffs this week that corporate leaders suggested would be forthcoming when they last reported earnings.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Survey Of Arkansas Business Leaders Shows Slight Optimism For 2014

Mike Stafford of CEG Partners discusses the business survey.
Credit Talk Business Arkansas

Talk Business Arkansas — in conjunction with the State Chamber of Commerce and consulting group CEG Partners — released its first “Business Leaders Confidence Survey,” which found that company leaders across Arkansas see sizable revenue growth in 2014 but it may not correlate to hiring or capital investments.

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Local & Regional News
11:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Gubernatorial Candidate Asa Hutchinson Says He Would Cut Arkansas Income Tax

Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Tuesday in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson unveiled details of his plan to reduce Arkansas’ individual income tax rates, a cornerstone of his tax cut platform for Governor.

“Arkansas is not competitive in its income tax structure,” said Hutchinson. He cited surrounding states with lower or no individual income tax rates.

“Why is this important? It impacts the recruitment of industry,” he said.

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Local & Regional News
9:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Nucor Challenge To Big River Steel Air Permit Will Delay Superproject

A challenge to Big River Steel’s air quality permit by Nucor Steel will delay or could trip up the $1.1 billion superproject planned for northeast Arkansas, but state officials expressed confidence that the steel mill will go forward.

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pryor Campaign Calls On Cotton To Pull TV Ad After Politifact Rates It ‘False’

A nonpartisan news source that fact-checks campaign political ads says a new TV ad from Cong. Tom Cotton (R) is “false” and the Mark Pryor Senate campaign is calling on Cotton to pull the plug on the spot.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton unveiled a new TV ad declaring that incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D) cast “the deciding vote” for Obamacare and voted “himself and everyone in Congress special subsidies” to protect them from Obamacare, the new federal health law.

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Legislative Memo Outlines Public School Employee Insurance Changes

Last week, House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) and Senate President Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) charged the heads of the legislative education and insurance committees to come up with a framework for a solution to the public school employee insurance crisis by Friday, Oct. 4. The deadline has been met.

A memo circulating among Arkansas lawmakers Friday outlines a number of short-term and long-term fixes to the troubled insurance fund, which is facing a $54 million deficit and looming 50% rate hikes to teachers and public school employees.

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Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

TARP Regulator Says Controversial Program ‘Cost Practically Nothing’

Credit treasury.gov

Tim Massad, Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability with the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.

Massad oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which provided financial support to the nation’s financial institutions and housing markets during the Great Recession in 2008. The controversial TARP plan was approved and began implementation in September 2008, and is nearing its 5-year anniversary this month.

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Local & Regional News
2:45 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Broadband Conference Assessing State's Internet Future

State business, education and policy leaders are meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock to discuss strategies for deploying more broadband throughout Arkansas.

The Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference, spearheaded by Connect Arkansas, is being held Thursday and Friday.

While the room during the opening presentation was full of experts in the field, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) made no pretense that he should be included on the list.

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Local & Regional News
9:41 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Simmons First Wins Auction For Metropolitan National Bank

Arkansas will lose one of its iconic bank names after a bankruptcy auction concluded on Monday. Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. has won the bidding war for Little Rock-based Metropolitan National Bank, according to Talk Business Arkansas sources and confirmed by Simmons First.

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