Let the Sunshine In: County Leaders Hear How to Improve Government Transparency

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas counties improve their online transparency? Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE) Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Program Coordinator Terra Aquia discussed this and the findings of a new Transparency Index at the County Judges 2018 Fall meeting on September 14th in North Little Rock. County Judges are […]

How do state licensing rules affect property crime rates?

By Caleb Taylor When occupational licensing laws make it hard for people, especially young people, to get jobs, that may lead to the “motive and opportunity” to commit property crimes. That’s the groundbreaking research result from UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and UCA graduate student Saliou N. Ouattara in […]

Legislators Move on Proposals from ACRE’s “Road Map to Tax Reform”

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas Tax Reform & Relief Legislative Task Force members voted August 22nd to approve a report that recommends reducing the top personal income tax rate to 6.5 percent, consolidate its three rate schedules, and more. The top personal income tax rate is currently 6.9 percent. The plan would cut taxes for individuals […]

Stepping Back from the “Tax Cliffs”: Tax Reform Plans Take Shape for Arkansas

By Caleb Taylor Legislators took a big step towards finalizing their tax reform priorities for the 2019 session. Arkansas Tax Reform & Relief Legislative Task Force members voted August 7th to pursue a comprehensive tax reform proposal that would reduce the top personal income tax rate to 6.5 percent and consolidate its three rate schedules. […]

Tax Reform Task Force Takes a Good Look at 3 Ways to Cut the Income Tax

By Caleb Taylor And then there were three. Three tax reform proposals were selected by the Arkansas Tax Reform & Relief Task Force as worthy of further study by outside consultants on June 26th. Income Tax Proposals The three proposals include a plan previously announced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and two new plans. Hutchinson’s plan […]

QACF Brings “No Increases” In Employment, Bundrick Says

By Caleb Taylor What is the Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF) and what reforms should be considered to protect taxpayers? Jacob Bundrick, a policy analyst at the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics, was on the Conduit News radio program Wednesday morning to answer these questions and more. The QACF allows the state to provide […]

The Supreme Court Just Handed States a New Power to Tax. Should Arkansas Use it?

By Caleb Taylor Will a recent Supreme Court decision on state taxation of remote online sales (like through Amazon or Etsy) help or harm Arkansas’s recent tax reform efforts? ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in two statewide outlets on Thursday, June 21st about the effect of the South […]

Arkansas’s Property Tax is Low, But What Does That Mean For Income and Sales Tax Rates?

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas has the third highest combined state-local sales tax rate in the nation and the highest personal income tax rate of its surrounding states. But there is one area of taxation where Arkansans enjoy a relatively low burden: property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, Arkansas has the third-lowest state and local […]

Fair Market Value Compensation: Is this the right standard?

By Ashley Wofford In my previous post, I gave an overview of ACRE’s most recent eminent domain policy brief by George Mason Professor of Law, Ilya Somin: “Ripe for Reform: Eminent Domain Law in Arkansas.” The first aspect of Arkansas eminent domain law that Somin points out as having a potential for abuse is fair […]

Learning From Other States On Tax Reform

By Caleb Taylor What can Arkansas learn from other states’ work on tax reform? UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Jeremy Horpedahl and Nicole Kaeding, Director of Special Projects at the Tax Foundation, answer this question and more in a just-released research paper Learning from Other States’ Successes and Failures in Tax Reform. […]