Tagged: Arkansas General Assembly

Tax Fighters Take Aim at Arkansas Income Levy

Tax Fighters Take Aim at Arkansas Income Levy

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If Arkansas politicians succeed in a push to abolish the state personal income tax, partly to avoid losing ultra-wealthy residents, the state must reckon with what it will give up: $3 billion a year in revenue. read more >

In Wake of Unemployment Scams, Tax Forgiveness

In Wake of Unemployment Scams, Tax Forgiveness

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The Arkansas General Assembly is expected to pass legislation to forgive taxes on unemployment benefits paid to Arkansans in 2020 and 2021, in part because unemployment scams ran rampant. read more >

The Costs of a Hateful Image

The Costs of a Hateful Image

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Senate Bill 3, commonly known as the “hate crimes bill,” boils down to a crucial chance to burnish Arkansas’ image and remove a hurdle to recruiting companies and workers, government officials and business leaders say. read more >

Convention Centers Can’t Wait for Legislative Session

Convention Centers Can’t Wait for Legislative Session

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Arkansas’ hospitals and other industries have urgent concerns for the Legislature to address in the regular session that will commence on Jan. 11, but a key piece of the hospitality industry has needs that are more urgent. read more >

Pandemic Lobbying: Hands Off, Masks On

Pandemic Lobbying: Hands Off, Masks On

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The Arkansas Legislature will return to session in January but, like nearly every other part of American life, it won’t quite be a return to normalcy. read more >

Legislature Could Shuffle New Deal for Casino

Legislature Could Shuffle New Deal for Casino

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Can the General Assembly alter an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution? The question is relevant because Clarksville has indicated interest in hosting a casino if Pope County rejects it. read more >

Working on Arkansas Works (Editorial)

Working on Arkansas Works (Editorial)

OpinionHealth Care

The state’s iteration of the Affordable Care Act has been praised for reducing the ranks of the uninsured, giving thousands more Arkansans access to primary health care and lessening reliance on emergency care. read more >

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

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This week is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to public information and open government. It’s timely, considering that the 91st General Assembly has been busily chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, already less robust than it was when it was a national model 50 years ago. read more >

The Sales Tax: Consumers Get It (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

The Sales Tax: Consumers Get It (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

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If voters know exactly what a sales tax is for — a new jail or community center or fire station, an economic development incentive for a new factory, a local road project — the likelihood local voters will support the local tax is greatly increased. read more >

Amendment Wish List (Editorial)

Amendment Wish List (Editorial)

Opinion

In a few days, many of us will gather with friends and family to give thanks. Last week, two Arkansas legislators — one a Republican, one a Democrat — provided us with a couple of reasons to thank them for good service. read more >

The Moral of  ‘Jurassic Park’ (Editorial)

The Moral of ‘Jurassic Park’ (Editorial)

Opinion

Taking a breather from making the most permanent kind of state law is a spectacular idea. And it suggests the kind of institutional maturity that we had begun to despair of. Deliberative bodies should be very deliberate. read more >

Don’t Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

Don’t Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

OpinionLegal

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers’ offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >