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As the state’s labor pool continues to grow and the jobless rate seeks new lows, U.S. workforce data shows Arkansas workers are taking home more money out of their paycheck than they ever have at any time in the past.

Business growth across the state took a step back in June, but a highly-watched economic indicator for the Mid-America region that includes Arkansas predicts Great Britain’s exit from the European Union will have minimal effect on the state economy. Talk Business & Politics reports:

An earlier proposed route for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line.
Clean Line Partners

Houston-based Plains & Eastern Clean Line expressed disappointment with the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ approval on Wednesday of legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, that could halt one of the largest renewable energy infrastructure projects in recent U.S. history.

Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau moved forward late last week with a proposal that the Obama administration says will end “payday debt traps” despite an outcry from Arkansas Attorney General and industry critics of the plan who say it hurt low and moderate-income families who need access to quick, small-dollar loans.

 

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently touted to business leaders that the state has added 42,000 new jobs and reached an all-time low jobless rate of 3.9% during the first 16 months of his administration.

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As Arkansas motorists count down the days to the Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of the summer driving season, pump prices are peaking at their highest level so far in 2016.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to convene a conference of the states to discuss the framework and ideas contained a proposal by the Obama administration that federal officials say would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans.

U.S. Supreme Court
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has unexpectedly rescheduled next month’s challenges to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to be heard by the full bench instead in mid-September.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan on Feb. 9, blocking the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the far-reaching rules that would dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the U.S. by shutting down most of the nation’s coal-fired power plant fleet.

rice fields
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Business growth in Arkansas lost a step in April as a leading economic indicator for the region shows the state’s manufacturing, farming and energy sectors continue to shed jobs and affect overall economic expansion.

Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. on Monday completed its $409 million acquisition of PEG Bandwidth LLC, a Lewisville, Texas-based operator of dark fiber and cell site backhaul assets for mostly rural telecom carriers and enterprises.

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