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More than 10,000 Arkansas Companies Receive Ready for Business Grants

More than 10,500 Arkansas businesses have been approved for grants to reimburse them for the expenses of protecting the health of employees and customers.

The grants are worth up to $100,000, and the total amount of approved grants is about $115 million. They were made available through the Ready for Business Program.

Senate Committee to Assess Impact of Education Waivers on Public Schools

May 22, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – In June the Senate Education Committee will hear a report on the effect that public schools have seen due to the recent widespread requests for waivers from education standards.

Supply Chain Disruptions Affecting Decisions by Arkansas Cattlemen

Disruptions in the food supply chain have forced Arkansas cattlemen and farmers to make financial decisions today that will affect the supply and demand of food over the coming months and years.

State Lists Restrictions on Renewed Church Services

Arkansas is gradually opening up businesses and public activities, under careful monitoring by public health officials to avoid bringing on a second wave of the coronavirus. The governor announced that church services may resume, as long as the congregation wears masks and everyone stays at least six feet from each other.

Arkansas in Critical Period for Controlling Spread of Coronavirus

The next few weeks will determine whether Arkansas moves forward or backward on the way to re-opening businesses.

Restrictions on Businesses Being Loosened With Great Caution

When Arkansas makes it past the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, restrictions on businesses and social interactions will be loosened carefully, always with the goal in mind to prevent a second wave of the pandemic.

Legislature Completes 2020 Fiscal Session

The legislature completed the 2020 fiscal session in record time, approving a balanced budget that funds state government spending of $5.68 billion.

2020 Fiscal Presents Difficult Challenges for Legislature

The sudden and severe economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus means that the 2020 fiscal session will be the most difficult one for legislators since Arkansas voters first voted to establish fiscal sessions 12 years ago.

Legislature Creates COVID-19 Reserve Fund

The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

State Streamlines Process for Drawing Unemployment Insurance

To cushion the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on working families, the state has streamlined the process of applying for unemployment insurance.

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