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 […]

Are charter schools harming public school students?

By Caleb Taylor Does charter school competition harm students in traditional public schools? According to research conducted by ACRE experts, the answer is no. ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu, ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Thomas Snyder, and UCA Mathematics Graduate Student Saliou N. Ouattara were recently published in the Fall […]

Are Arkansas’s “Quick Action” Business Subsidies Actually Creating Jobs?

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick and ACRE Scholar Dr. Tom Snyder discussed the unintended consequences and opportunity costs of Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF) spending at the State Agencies & Governmental Affairs – Senate Constitutional Issues Subcommittee on February 5th. Bundrick and Snyder explained the conclusions of their working paper titled  “Do […]

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 […]

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 […]