In the News

Fall 2018

  • An Easy Way to Give Arkansans Wider Access to Health Care – UCA Associate Professor and ACRE Director Mitch Mitchell was quoted by The Arkansas Project in a recent article detailing how expanding scope of practice for nurse practitioners can improve health care within the state. He is quoted as saying that this has worked in other states, as there is a large amount of evidence that primary care patients have the same outcomes whether they are seen by physicians or 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 Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted by Talk Business and Politics on January 1st. Horpedahl said 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 – An op-ed by UCA Associate Professor and ACRE Director Mitch Mitchell was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on December 31st. In the op-ed, Mitch 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 Jeremy Horpedahl wrote an article for the Tax Foundation on December 21, 2018. In the article, Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Special Projects Nicole Kaeding show how the proposed tax cut changes would affect 7 different examples of income.
  • Lowest-Wage Arkansans Will See More Money in 2019 – UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted by VOA News on December 8th. Horpedahl was quoted saying that this large of an increase over several years is unusual, and that non-profits will likely be the most affected.
  • Open the books! – An op-ed by ACRE Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 19th. In the op-ed, Kalulu explains the results of a recently- released Transparency Index by ACRE 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 Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were quoted by TaxNotes.com on November 16th. Horpedahl said the income tax cuts included in the proposed budget were “prudent” and wouldn’t “unexpectedly cut into other important state spending priorities.” Bundrick noted the proposed budget included a cut of $20 million to the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund. Bundrick said this would allow the state to use these saving 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 TaxNotes on November 12th about an Arkansas Legislative Audit report that not all economic development incentive programs produced a positive benefit to 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 – An op-ed by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 8th. 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 Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in Talk Business & Politics on November 6th. Horpedahl 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 Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in the Washington Post on November 6th 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 Jeremy Horpedahl was quoted in the Washington Post on November 4th. 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 – An op-ed by UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Thomas Snyder and ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Marcus Witcher was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 1st. 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 Jeremy Horpedahl discussed Issue 5 in a segment on THV on October 30th.
  • Arkansas Week – UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Jeremy Horpedahl discussed the consequences of raising the minimum wage in Arkansas on AETN’s Arkansas Week on October 19th.
  • For Transparency – op-ed published September 29, 2018 by ACRE Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • On September 26, 2018, ACRE Policy Analyst 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 – ACRE Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu’s and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia’s Transparency Index was written about in the Log-Cabin Democrat on September 19, 2018.
  • Improve Reporting – Op-ed published September 14, 2018, by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • Tax cut for thee? What changes mean for Arkansas – Op-ed published September 13, 2018, by ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Federal Projects Nicole Kaeding in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • Saline Ranked #9 for Transparency out of 75 Counties in UCA Study – ACRE Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu’s and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia’s Transparency Index was written about on MySaline.com on September 11, 2018.
  • Lower the Barriers – Op-ed published September 7, 2018, by ACRE Policy Analyst Alex Kanode in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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 – op-ed published May 21, 2018 by ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Tax Foundation Director of Federal Projects Nicole Kaeding in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • No Skin In Game: Taxpayers get no say in projects – op-ed published May 10, 2018, by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • How Charter Schools Improve Student Outcomes – op-ed published April 30, 2018 by ACRE Research Assistant Aaron Newell in the Log Cabin Democrat.
  • On April 13, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest speaker alongside Governor Asa Hutchinson at the Arkansas Tax Freedom Day event at the State Capitol.
  • Reform Occupational Licensing Rules – commentary published March 26, 2018, by ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchel and ACRE Scholar Dr. Tom Snyder in Arkansas Business News.
  • On March 21, ACRE Alum Maleka Momand was a guest at the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Teleforum, The Commenting Power: Agency Accountability through Public Participation to discuss the commenting process on federal regulations.
  • More Proven Path – op-ed published March 19, 2018 by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • On March 16, 2018, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on Economics Detective Radio where he discussed the idea that most laws are passed either with support from economic interests or moral interests. You can listen to the full recording here.
  • A Vital Tool – An op-ed published March 1, 2018, by Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, responding to ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick’s January 20th op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette decrying the need for the Quick Action Closing Fund.
  • On February 26, 2018, several ACRE employees were guest writers on a column on academic freedom on campus in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. These writers include Director Dr. David Mitchell, Scholar Dr. Zack Donahew, Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl, and Scholar Dr. Tom Snyder.
  • On February 21, 2018, ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was quoted in an article in Arkansas Business News concerning his recent op-ed concerning state business incentives and how they clash with AEDC Director Mike Preston’s beliefs on these incentives.
  • On February 20, 2018, ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was quoted in an article in Talk Business and Politics after he testified at an Arkansas State Senate Panel regarding economic development incentives.
  • On February 18, 2018, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was interviewed on Capitol Hill by Jessi Turnure, KARK Political Correspondent, about the book he co-authored with the Tax Foundation concerning the state’s tax code as well as the upcoming fiscal session. You can watch the full interview here.
  • On February 15, 2018, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest on Inside Arkansas Politics, a podcast hosted by Curtis Lanning of KNWA News, where he discussed the overall state of the Arkansas economy.
  • Subsidy Snags: Job creators? Maybe not so much – op-ed published January 20, 2018 by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Fall 2017

  • Invisible Borders: Licensing Burden Hurts State op-ed published December 28, 2017 by ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • On December 22, ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on Newsradio 102.9 KARN talking with Dan Harpool about occupational licensing (including the new Institute for Justice report), Bundrick’s study of the Quick Action Closing Fund, and all the latest in tax reform news (for both Arkansas and the nation).
  • Arkansas Ranked Tops for Christmas? op-ed published December 19, 2017 by ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell in the Jonesboro Sun.
  • ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on the Paul Harrell Program on December 12, 2017  discussing their recent working paper entitled “Do Business Subsidies Lead to Increased Economic Activity? Evidence from Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund.” You can stream the full interview here.
  • 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.
  • Out in the Open: Transparency Keeps Us Honest op-ed published November 16, 2017 by ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Research Assistant Terra Aquia in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • To Tax or Not to Tax? op-ed published October 29, 2017 by ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl in the Log Cabin Democrat.
  • ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl was a guest speaker on NPR’s Marketplace discussing SALT deductions on October 27, 2017. If you weren’t one of the 12 million tuning in, you can stream the full segment here!
  • Prisoner’s dilemma: Tax incentives risk actual benefits op-ed published October 27, 2017 by ACRE policy analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • Economic Development Bidding: A Prisoner’s Dilemma insight article published October 20, 2017 by ACRE policy analyst Jacob Bundrick in Bloomberg BNA‘s “Daily Tax Report: State.”
  • ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick were guests on the Paul Harrell Program on October 11, 2017 talking about Snyder’s recent Mercatus Center paper on occupational licensing. You can stream the full interview here.
  • To Reduce Crime: State has means, without cost op-ed published September 28, 2017 by ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and UCA Honors Student Alexandria Tatem in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick was a guest on the Paul Harrell Program on September 27, 2017 talking about his new paper on Arkansas state taxes and manufacturing productivity. You can stream the full interview here.
  • No App for That: Government needs transparency op-ed published September 15, 2017 by ACRE policy analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Research Assistant Terra Aquia in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  • Favorites’ favors: Level business playing field op-ed published August 26, 2017 by ACRE policy analyst Jacob Bundrick in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Summer 2017

  • ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell and Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick spoke in a 2 hour segment on the 96.5 FM Dave Elswick Show discussing Arkansas taxation, subsidies, and other state issues on July 13, 2017.
  • Policy analyst Jacob Bundrick was a guest on Josh Waters 101.3 FM on July 6, 2017 to discuss policy issues in the state.

 

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