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The ACRE Review

Horpedahl, Johns Discuss the Upcoming Special Tax Session on “Believe in Arkansas”

By Joseph Johns Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and I spoke with Ryan Norris, State Director of the Arkansas Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, on his Believe in Arkansas podcast. Our conversation focused on the proposed state tax changes and more broadly about both tax and spending issues in Arkansas over the past few years. The first […]

Mitchell, Johns Discuss Taxes and LTRF on Dave Elswick Show

By Joseph Johns ACRE Director David “Mitch” Mitchell and I spoke on the Dave Elswick Show on Monday, October 4th, 2021, about the upcoming Arkansas special legislative session. We discussed two main tax cut bills currently under consideration by the legislature. The first plan, by Joint Budget Committee Co-Chair Senator Jonathan Dismang [R-Searcy] would reduce […]

Arkansans Could See Big Savings from Special Session

By Joseph Johns and Jeremy Horpedahl The Arkansas legislature may be meeting in the near future to consider changes to the income tax that individuals, families, and small businesses pay. So far we are aware of two potential plans to lower taxes, and more could be proposed at a special session this fall. The plans […]

Shine More Light

By Mavuto Kalulu Do you know how Arkansas state and local governments are spending COVID-19 relief funds received from the federal government? In my most recent op-ed I commend the openness of the steering committees Governor Hutchinson created to advise on how to allocate the funds.  The two committees, the CARES Act steering Committee, and […]

Occupational Licensing Review Committee Kicks Off Second Session

By Zach Burt The Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee recently began its second-ever round of license reviews since its creation in 2019. Representatives from the Department of Labor and Licensing and the Department of Agriculture presented arguments to the committee about the importance of licensing abstracters, plant breeders, industrial hemp growers, and agricultural seed dealers/labelers. On […]

How to Curb Corruption

By Caleb Taylor How can local governments discourage corruption among public officials? Create more systems that provide for checks and balances, says ACRE Policy Analyst Joyce Ajayi in “Curb temptation” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on July 16. Ajayi writes: In his book “Principles of Fraud Examination,” Joseph Wells, the founder and chairman of the […]

Occupational Licensing Successes and Shortcomings in 2021

By Alex Kanode The 2021 legislative session saw many changes concerning licensing of occupations in Arkansas.  The Red Tape Reduction Working Group released a 2018 report stating that there were 704,141 occupational licenses in Arkansas. That amounted to 52 percent of the state’s labor force at the time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, […]

Reducing Arkansas’s Income Tax Rate To Zero

By Caleb Taylor Can Arkansas reduce its income tax burden to zero? ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl outlines how Arkansas can accomplish gradually reducing its income tax rate to zero percent in “Getting to zero” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on June 28th. Horpedahl writes that gradually reducing the […]

ACRE Expert Discusses Recent Changes to Civil Asset Forfeiture

By Caleb Taylor What changes to civil asset forfeiture in Arkansas were made during the recent legislative session? ACRE Research and Program Assistant Zach Burt analyzed “The Arkansas Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2021,” also known as Act 1023 in “Need better law” in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on June 5th. Burt defines civil asset […]

Horpedahl To Speak at Conway Noon Lions Club

By Caleb Taylor How has the pandemic affected the local economy? ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl will discuss the latest economic data on Conway and Faulkner County as an invited guest speaker of the Conway Noon Lions Club at the Hole In the Wall Cafe at noon on Tuesday, […]