Should Attracting Business to Arkansas Rely on Legislation That Plays Favorites?

by Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl The arrival of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp’s new sustainable and technologically advanced mill in Osceola, Arkansas promises to bring jobs and revenue to the state. This is something most of us can get behind. However, the way the deal was secured raises concerns for a free and fair marketplace. The legislature […]

What’s the Rush? Upcoming Special Election in Conway is Important, but Turnout May Be Low

by Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl In just a few days on February 8th, Conway residents will be asked to vote on almost $40 million worth of bond issues. “Bond issues” may sound boring, but these would fund new amenities in Conway: a community center, pool, fitness center, and soccer complex. Conway residents have reason to be […]

Farewell to Christy Horpedahl

We are both happy and sad that Christy Horpedahl has left her role as Assistant Director of the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics. She begins a new position as an Editor for Liberty Fund, a private educational foundation established to enrich the understanding and appreciation of the complex nature of a society of free […]

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, […]

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 […]

A Widely Supported Solution to Healthcare Shortages

By Caleb Taylor How diverse is the support for allowing nurse practitioners to practice up to their level of training?  The consensus that nurse practitioners should be allowed to do more is “widespread,” according to a “A Broad Consensus on Expanding Nurse Practitioners’ Scope of Practice,” by ACRE Director and UCA Associate Professor of Economics […]

Nurse Practitioner Rule Change Could Help Underserved Arkansans

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas improve its health and access to medical care throughout the state?   In “Addressing Arkansas’s Health Services Shortages By Empowering Nurse Practitioners” by UCA Associate Professor and ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell, notes that Arkansas doesn’t have enough primary care health service providers to keep up with demand. HPSAs are […]

Faulkner County Takes Another Step Forward on Transparency

By Joyce Ajayi and Mavuto Kalulu Faulkner County continued its transparency progress in 2020. On October 20, 2020, the Faulkner County Quorum Court passed into law the County Board Transparency Report Ordinance, Ordinance 20-21. Kris Kendrick, Justice of the Peace (Dist. 9), introduced this legislation to help enhance county government transparency. The ordinance will increase […]

Key Economic Questions for 2021 in Arkansas

By Caleb Taylor Will next year bring better economic times or more of the same? ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on Arkansas Week on Arkansas PBS over the weekend to discuss the future of Covid-19 and the economy for 2021. The discussion also included University of […]

How to Minimize Corruption in Pandemic-Related Programs

By Caleb Taylor How can corruption be minimized in pandemic-related government programs? Incentivize whistleblowers and improve online transparency. Programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Ready for Business Grant Program need greater scrutiny, according to ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu in “Be vigilant,” an op-ed published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on […]