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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 06:36:00

Governor announces grant award to city of White Hall for military spending

If there's one thing politicians can agree on, it's military spending.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 09:52:00

Metroplan releases economic review, points to challenges for retailers with emergence of e-commerce

"With slow job growth and low unemployment, the Little Rock region’s economy is stable but lacks dynamism for the moment," the publication finds. The report issues a warning about the potential for empty storefronts with the emergence of e-commerce.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 13:00:00

Year-to-date state general revenues below forecast

Fiscal-year-to-date net available  general revenues are up 0.7 percent above year-ago levels, the Department of Finance and Administration announced in its January 2017 General Revenue Report. But seven months into the fiscal year, net available revenue is below forecast by nearly 2 percent $57.1 million

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 06:33:00

Arkansas Farm Bureau holding out implausible hope that Donald Trump will back TPP

The Arkansas Farm Bureau, at least in their public posture, is in denial about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 13:49:00

What we should and shouldn't take away from November's jobs report

It would be a mistake if liberals use these positive macro-level economic facts to avoid reckoning with the reality of their failure to address stagnation and decline for large sections of the population.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 13:25:00

Delta Regional Authority announces $26 million in new infrastructure grants

The Delta Regional Authority and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have announced $26 million in new infrastructure grants, obtained through the federal States' Economic Development Assistance Program and a mix of public and private sources.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:28:00

NPR: herbicide-resistant GMO soybeans from Monsanto inviting damage from East Ark. scofflaws.

A new piece from NPR about chemical giant Monsanto's roll-out of a herbicide-resistant soybean — and the damage drifting sprays are doing to the crops of East Arkansas soybean farmers who haven't made the switch to Monsanto's frankenseeds — is worth a read.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:39:00

What's driving that 3.9 percent state GDP growth? Rice, says federal analyst

An analyst at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has an answer for what's driving GDP growth in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:55:00

State tax revenue runs ahead of forecast

The state's Department of Finance and Administration today released its February General Revenue Report.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:56:00

Arkansas ranks near the bottom on many poverty metrics, new report finds

A new report from the Center for American Progress analyzes states' efforts to reduce poverty. The report tracks 15 indicators that address poverty, such as income inequality and affordable housing. It will come as no surprise that Arkansas fairs poorly on many of the report's metrics.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 08:33:00

U.S. unemployment rate falls below 5 percent

The national unemployment rate has now dropped to 4.9 percent, the lowest since before the recession hit in 2008, according to January workforce figures released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 10:41:00

State unemployment rate decreases slightly to 5.6 percent

July labor data released from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services show Arkansas's unemployment rate declining slightly to 5.6 percent for the month. The June figure was 5.7 percent.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:41:00

Bentonville is booming

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reports on the good news in Benton County.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 08:43:00

Lockheed Martin is a company that stands for LGBTQ rights. How about in Arkansas?

The defense contractor has a long record of supporting LGBTQ rights. Now it's seeking economic development incentives from a state that's branded itself as among the nation's least friendly to LGBTQ people.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 13:30:00

Hutchinson announces special session is on for May 26

As rumored over the weekend, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today he's convening the legislature for a special session after Memorial Day weekend to consider a major defense-related economic development project in Camden.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 08:01:00

U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, unemployment down to 5.4 percent

The recovery continues: another good jobs report. And…about that "job-killing Obamacare"...

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 17:17:00

Arkansas minimum wage worker fired for talking to the press

Well, this is just awful. Shanna Tippen, a minimum wage worker at a Pine Bluff hotel, was fired because she spoke to the Washington Post and told the paper that the state's coming minimum wage hike would help her.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:05:00

Arkansas job creation in a climate of discrimination

Gov. Asa Hutchinson formally introduced Mike Preston as director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission today. Creating jobs, i.e. doling out corporate welfare, may soon get harder, though, with the likely passage of HB 1228 allowing for "religious" discrimination of gays.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:09:00

U.S. growth rate highest in ten years; Arkansas economy also looking up

National GDP grew by 5 percent in the third quarter, according to a revised figure by the U.S. Commerce Department. Arkansas Business reported yesterday that forecasters also predict a strong year of growth ahead for Arkansas. We're still waiting for Obamacare to deliver its promised economic implosion.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 08:15:00

National unemployment rate falls below 6 percent for first time since summer of 2008

Good news from today's jobs reportwith nonfarm payrolls growing by 248,000 jobs in September. The unemployment rate is now 5.9 percent, the lowest it's been in more than six years. Today marks the first time the nation has ever recorded a four-year straight period of positive employment growth. Doesn't look like Obamacare is ruining the economy so far! Will the good news help Democrats or incumbents in November?

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