In the News

Spring 2019

  • House’s Bill 1402 Would Narrow Days for Special Elections – UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on February 14 about testimony he gave on Capitol Hill regarding research he has done on special elections. He gives the statistics of that research – that special elections have 19% turnout and a 77% pass rate.
  • Data Holds Key: Good Analysis Vital for Policy – ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on February 12.  Bundrick states that good policy requires objective analysis, but that such analyses can be hard to do without good data. Bundrick recalls a bill that was introduced in 2017 that would have created an online database for targeted economic development incentives, but was withdrawn after the AEDC stated that it would implement this database on its own terms. The database still hasn’t been published.
  • “Governor’s Tax Cut Plan” – UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was on Capitol View on February 4. He discussed the Arkansas governor’s tax cut plan and what it means for the state, as well as other potential tax changes for Arkansas during the 2019 session.
  • Open the Books: Can’t Catch It If You Can’t See It –  ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on January 28.  Kalulu discusses the benefits of transparency to county governments – particularly how beneficial the improved management of tax dollars can be. He points out that a great way to get this benefit is to publish county budgets online.

Fall 2018

  • “An Easy Way to Give Arkansans Wider Access to Health Care”: UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell was quoted in the Arkansas Project on January 9 detailing how expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners can improve health care within the Arkansas. He said that this has worked in other states, and there is a large amount of evidence that primary care patients have the same outcomes whether they are seen by physicians or by nurse practitioners.
  • “Minimum Wage Rules Go into Effect Today, Arkansas Workers Get 75 Cent Raise in 2019”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in Talk Business & Politics on January 1. He said that the increase passed by citizens in November puts Arkansas into uncharted territory when it comes to a high minimum wage. He stated that Arkansas will possibly have the highest minimum wage in the nation, compared to the median wage, except for maybe California.
  • “Better Health Care: Empower Nurse Practitioners”: UCA Associate Professor and ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on December 31. Mitchell writes that Arkansas faces a growing primary care shortage, but there is a solution: nurse practitioners.
  • “The Impact of Tax Cuts on Arkansas Households”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Special Projects Nicole Kaeding wrote this article for the Tax Foundation, published on December 21. Horpedahl and Kaeding show how proposed tax cuts would affect seven different examples of income.
  • “Lowest-Wage Arkansans Will See More Money in 2019”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in Voice of America on December 8. He said that this large of an increase over several years is unusual, and that non-profits will likely be the most affected.
  • “Open the Books! Let Public See County Fiscal Data”: ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 19. Kalulu explains the results of ACRE’s recently released transparency index and the reasons why county officials should care about improving their fiscal transparency.
  • “Arkansas Governor’s Budget Includes Income Tax Cuts”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were quoted in Tax Notes on November 16. Horpedahl said the income tax cuts included in the proposed budget were “prudent” and won’t “unexpectedly cut into other important state spending priorities.” Bundrick noted that the proposed budget included a cut of $20 million to the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund. Bundrick said this will allow the state to use these savings on other priorities such as creating an inviting tax environment for all businesses and investing in education.
  • “Audit of Economic Incentives Finds Mixed Results”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was quoted in Tax Notes on November 12 about an Arkansas Legislative Audit report stating that not all economic development incentive programs produced a positive benefit for the Natural State. Bundrick cited recent peer-reviewed studies on incentive programs in Kansas, Maryland, and Virginia that found that on average, the primary programs used in those states did not influence the decisions of companies benefiting from them.
  • “Incentives Wasted: Better Uses for Our Tax Money”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 8. Bundrick explains academic literature that casts doubt on targeted economic development incentives’ role in increasing economic activity and examines the opportunity costs of such policies.
  • “Arkansas Voters Say ‘Yes’ to All Three Ballot Issues”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in Talk Business & Politics on November 6. He said the election result showed that Arkansas voters wanted to be part of a “grand economic experiment taking place in a few states to see if really high minimum wages will really cause a lot of unemployment, or if it is an easy fix to raise the income of the poorest workers.”
  • “Arkansas and Missouri Just Approved Big Minimum Wage Increases, a Liberal Victory in Red States”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in the Washington Post on November 6 about the passage of Issue 5, a ballot issue that raises the minimum wage in Arkansas incrementally to $11 an hour.
  • “Two Trump States Are on the Verge of Raising Their Minimum Wages to $11 or More”: UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in the Washington Post on November 4. He said an eventual minimum wage increase to $11 an hour would bring Arkansas into “uncharted territory” and would be similar to a $15-an- hour minimum wage in California adjusting for each state’s median wage.
  • “Minimum-Wage Rise Perilous”: UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Marcus Witcher wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 1. They detail some of the troubling history behind previous minimum wage increases and briefly discuss some of the economic theory showing which groups are most harmed by minimum wage increases.
  • “Pros and Cons of Issue 5 Minimum Wage Hike”: – UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl discussed Issue 5 in a segment on THV on October 30.
  • UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl discussed the consequences of raising the minimum wage in Arkansas on AETN’s Arkansas Week on October 19.
  • “For Transparency: Should Be Proactive with Data”: ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 29.
  • On September 26, ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia were on Conduit News Radio discussing their recently released transparency index.
  • “Report: Faulkner County Ranks 8th in State for Transparency”:  The transparency index compiled by ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia was discussed in the Log Cabin Democrat on September 19.
  • “Improve Reporting: Need to Know Where Money Goes”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 14.
  • “Tax Cut for Thee? What Changes Mean for Arkansas“: ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Federal Projects Nicole Kaeding wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 13.
  • “Saline Ranked #9 for Transparency Out of 75 Counties in UCA Study”: The transparency index compiled by ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia was discussed about on MySaline.com on September 11.
  • “Lower the Barriers: Weigh Needs to Improve Licensing”: ACRE Policy Analyst Alex Kanode wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 7.

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

  • On May 29, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on the Dave Elswick Show on 101.1 FM discussing tax reform.
  • “Reform Taxes Now: By Standing Still, We Fall Behind”: ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Federal Projects Nicole Kaeding wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on May 21.
  • “No Skin In Game: Taxpayers Get No Say in Projects”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on May 10.
  • “How Charter Schools Improve Student Outcomes”: ACRE Research Assistant Aaron Newell wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Log Cabin Democrat on April 30.
  • On April 13, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest speaker alongside Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at the Arkansas Tax Freedom Day event at the state capitol.
  • “Reform Occupational Licensing Rules”: by ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell and ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder wrote this commentary, which was published in Arkansas Business on March 26.
  • On March 21, ACRE alum Maleka Momand was a guest speaker at the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Teleforum- The Commenting Power: Agency Accountability through Public Participation to discuss the process for commenting on federal regulations.
  • “More Proven Path: Reform Wiser Than Tax Incentives”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 19.
  • On March 16, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on Economics Detective Radio where he discusses the idea that most laws are passed with support from either economic interests or moral interests.
  • “A Vital Tool: Fund Strengthens Arkansas’ Hand”: Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 1 responding to ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick’s January 20 op-ed decrying the need for the Quick Action Closing Fund.
  • Free to Speak: Academic Freedom on Campus“: Several ACRE employees were guest writers of this column on academic freedom on campus, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on February 26. These writers include Director Dr. David Mitchell, Scholar Dr. Zack Donahew, Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl, and Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder.
  • AEDC’s Preston Defends Governor’s ‘Quick Action’ Fund“: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was quoted in Arkansas Business on February 21 concerning his op-ed regarding state business incentives and how they clash with AEDC Director Mike Preston’s beliefs about these incentives.
  • Senate Panel Setting for Debate on Benefit of Economic Development Incentives“: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was quoted in Talk Business & Politics on February 20 after he testified at an Arkansas State Senate Panel regarding economic development incentives.
  • On February 18, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was interviewed on Capitol Hill by Jessi Turnure, KARK political correspondent, about the book Horpedahl co-authored with the Tax Foundation concerning the state’s tax code, as well as about the upcoming fiscal session.
  • On February 15, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on Inside Arkansas Politics, a podcast hosted by Curtis Lanning of KNWA News, He discusses the overall state of the Arkansas economy.
  • “Subsidy Snags: Job Creators? Maybe Not So Much“: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Fall 2017

  • “Invisible Borders: Licensing Burden Hurts State”: ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder published this op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on December 28.
  • On December 22, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on Newsradio 102.9 KARN. They talked with Dan Harpool about occupational licensing (including the new Institute for Justice report), about Bundrick’s study of the Quick Action Closing Fund, and about all the latest tax reform news (both Arkansas and in the US).
  • “Arkansas Ranked Tops for Christmas?”: ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Jonesboro Sun on December 19.
  • ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on the Paul Harrell Program on December 12. They discuss their working paper entitled “Do Business Subsidies Lead to Increased Economic Activity? Evidence from Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund.”
  • “Out in the Open: Transparency Keeps Us Honest”: ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Research Assistant Terra Aquia wrote this op-ed, which was pubilshed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 16.
  • Dr. Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice recently visited the University of Central Arkansas for the ACRE’s Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss occupational licensing. While he was visiting, he also had the chance to appear on several radio shows to discuss his work. He called in for interviews on both the Dave Elswick Show and the Paul Harrell Program on November 13th and 14th. He concluded with an in-studio interview on the Doc Washburn Show after his visit to UCA on November 16th.
  • “To Tax or Not to Tax?”: ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Log Cabin Democrat on October 29.
  • On October 27, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest speaker on NPR’s Marketplace, where he discussed SALT deductions. Twelve million people tuned in to this segment.
  • “Prisoner’s Dilemma: Tax Incentives Risk Actual Benefits”: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on October 27.
  • “Economic Development Bidding: A Prisoner’s Dilemma“: ACRE policy analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this insight article, which was published in Bloomberg BNA‘s “Daily Tax Report: State.” on October 20.
  • ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on the Paul Harrell Program on October 11. They talked about Snyder’s recent Mercatus Center paper on occupational licensing.
  • “To Reduce Crime: State has Means, Without Cost”: ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and UCA honors student Alexandria Tatem wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 28.
  • ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was a guest on the Paul Harrell Program on September 27. He talked about his new paper on Arkansas state taxes and manufacturing productivity.
  • “No App for That: Government Needs Transparency”: ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Research Assistant Terra Aquia wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 15.
  • Favorites’ Favors: Level Business Playing Field“: ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick wrote this op-ed, which was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on August 26.

Summer 2017

  • On July 13, ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell and Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick spoke in a two-hour segment on the 96.5 FM Dave Elswick Show discussing Arkansas taxation, subsidies, and other state issues.
  • On July 6, Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was a guest on Josh Waters 101.3 FM to discuss policy issues in the state.

 

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