Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.
Delta Regional Authority officials are to join with local officials in southeastern Arkansas to announce a $175,000 investment to provide for training of healthcare professionals in the region.
The announcement is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Lake Country Club in Pickens, just south of Dumas. The investment is intended to help employees at the Delta Technological/Education Center in Dumas receive training that will allow them to train healthcare workers.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released a report Monday showing the state continues to exceed revenue expectations for this fiscal year. The state collected 372.8 million dollars in net available revenue in the month of October, outpacing expected collections by about 8 million dollars. So far the state has collected 37.8 million dollars above forecast for the entire fiscal year which began July 1.
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.
A bipartisan piece of legislation now moving through Congress addresses the nation’s navigable waterways and could have a significant effect on Arkansas. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, a bill similar to one passed by the Senate in March.
All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.
The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock.
Leading candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor's races in Arkansas are scheduled to speak at a conference in Memphis.
Two-term incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and the Republican opponent for his Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, will speak Friday at the Delta Grassroots Caucus at the Agricenter in east Memphis.
Also scheduled to speak are former Congressmen Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson, who are competing to replace Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.