ACRE Scholar Horpedahl Talks Taxes, Economy on ‘Capitol View’ and “Inside Arkansas Politics”

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl discussed the state of Arkansas’s economy and tax policy on the latest episodes of Capitol View and Inside Arkansas Politics. Horpedahl was interviewed by Jessi Turnure, KARK Political Correspondent, on Capitol View about Arkansas: The Road Map To Tax Reform, a […]

Hutchinson Calls for Top Individual Income Tax Rate to Be Cut to 6 Percent

By Caleb Taylor Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his support on Monday in an address to legislators at the beginning of the fiscal session for a reduction of Arkansas’s top individual income tax rate from 6.9 to 6 percent. This rate reduction is along the lines of one of the reform suggestions outlined by ACRE scholar […]

Tax Reform Task Force Cites ACRE Scholar Horpedahl

By Caleb Taylor The Arkansas Legislative Tax Reform and Relief Task Force cited UCA Assistant Professor and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl’s work on property and sales taxes in its interim report released on December 18th. The 180 page report produced by Public Financial Management (PFM) summarizes the task force’s work so far to modernize and […]

Bundrick, Snyder To Testify To Subcommittee On Targeted Business Subsidies

By Caleb Taylor Jacob Bundrick and Dr. Tom Snyder will speak before the State Agencies & Governmental Affairs – Senate Constitutional Issues Subcommittee at 1 p.m. Monday in the Old Supreme Courtroom at the State Capitol regarding their research examining the effects of targeted business subsidies on economic growth. Bundrick and Snyder’s working paper titled […]

Dr. Horpedahl Talks Future of Economic Growth In Arkansas

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Arkansas Business Status and Future under the Trump Era” at the annual meeting of the Arkansas College Teachers Of Economics and Business (ACTEB) on September 29th, 2017. Other panelists included Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s […]

“Reason To Be Skeptical” Of Business Subsidies, Bundrick Says

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick discussed state government’s track record in creating jobs with cash subsidies through the Quick Action Closing Fund in an op-ed published on January 20th in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF) allows the state to provide cash grants to select entities in the hopes […]

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 […]

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 […]