The ACRE Review

Dr. Mitchell Explains AR’s Economic Freedom Ranking In Jonesboro Sun Op-Ed

By Caleb Taylor In an op-ed published in the Jonesboro Sun on December 19th, ACRE Director and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. David Mitchell discussed Arkansas being ranked 35th in economic freedom in the “Economic Freedom of North America 2017” report released on December 14th. The report measures the economic freedom in U.S. States, […]

Individual and Corporate Income Tax Changes discussed at Tax Task Force

By Caleb Taylor Legislators on the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Task Force yesterday discussed possible changes to Arkansas’s individual income and corporate income taxes. You can view the PowerPoint presentations to the task force yesterday here and here. Individual Income Taxes Arkansas has the highest top income tax rate compared to our surrounding states […]

Where Does Arkansas Rank In Occupational Licensing?

Dr. Dick Carpenter spoke to UCA students at the College of Business Auditorium in Conway on November 16 about how Arkansas’s occupational licensing laws compared to the rest of the nation. Carpenter is a director of strategic research for the Institute for Justice (IJ), a nonprofit public interest law firm. He is the co-author of […]

Dr. Snyder Discusses Occupational Licensing In Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Op-Ed

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Thomas Snyder discussed occupational licensing burdens in Arkansas and its surrounding states in an op-ed published on December 28 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In his op-ed, Snyder references a study released on November 13 entitled “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens […]

Dr. Mitchell Comments On Arkansas Being 35th In Economic Freedom Index

Arkansas ranks 35th in the United States in economic freedom, according to an annual report released yesterday by the Fraser Institute. Arkansas’s score held steady from the previous report, though the ranking dropped slightly as other states improved their scores. The report was authored by Fred McMahon, the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in […]

Bundrick, Snyder Discuss QACF Failures On Paul Harrell Program

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick and ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Thomas Snyder joined the Paul Harrell Program on December 12th to discuss their recent working paper, “Do Business Subsidies Lead to Increased Economic Activity? Evidence from Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund.” The Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF) […]

Tax Reform Task Force Examines Property Taxes

Legislators on the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Task Force on December 6th discussed possible changes to property taxes in the Natural State. Randy Bauer of PFM, the consulting group under contract with the state of Arkansas, began the meeting with a broad overview of recent tax reform efforts across the country. Bauer’s commentary was […]

Are Targeted Business Subsidies Good For Economic Growth?

Can Arkansas’s public officials stimulate the economy with targeted business subsidies? ACRE policy analyst Jacob Bundrick and scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder investigate this question in a working paper titled “Do Business Subsidies Lead to Increased Economic Activity? Evidence from Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund.” The study, released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University […]

Tax Reform Task Force Hears From Other States’ Legislators on Successes, Failures

By Caleb Taylor Members of the Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force met Tuesday to hear from state legislators from North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas and Indiana about the successes and shortcoming of their respective tax reform efforts. General themes common in testimony throughout the day were that tax reform should be done deliberately, […]

Bundrick talks data use and integrity

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick participated in a panel on November 4th on how data can shape community development. The panel was part of an event entitled “Community Development Basics: How To Strengthen Arkansas Communities” hosted by UCA’s Center for Community & Economic Development. Bundrick spoke about how data can be used […]