ARKANSAS PROPERTY TAX APPEAL INFORMATION


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Fiscal Policy Recommendations

Prudence should guide fiscal policy. Public services should be provided in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Savings should be used to encourage economic growth and make Arkansas competitive in terms of jobs creation and income growth. The Murphy Commission, a Policy Foundation project spent three years (1996-1998) studying state government before advancing ideas to make government cost-effective and accountable to taxpayers. Several ideas have advanced, including a performance-based budgeting pilot, and income and capital gains tax cuts. But more needs to be done.

 

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New Univ. of Oklahoma Press Book Cites
Policy Foundation on Arkansas' Economy

(November 2014) A new book from the Univ. of Oklahoma Press cites the Policy Foundation on economic conditions and tax rates along the Arkansas-Texas border, one example of an intranational borderland, according to author Dr. Derek R. Everett, adjunct professor at Colorado State University.

 

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Arkansas Jobs Decline, Food Stamps Increase

(October 2014) Arkansas payroll employment has declined, and the number of households and persons receiving food stamps has increased since 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau data.

 

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Political Wishes, Economic Realities

(October 2014) An oft-stated goal of Arkansas public officials is to increase the number of students graduating from state colleges and universities. Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway, a state legislator for 14 years (1997-2010), is closely associated with this idea.

 

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Arkansas Term Limits

(September 2014) Four conclusions are presented in this research report, "Term Limits in Arkansas: Demographics, Age and Occupation." More women and African-Americans are serving in the General Assembly in the term limits era. There has been little change in Arkansas legislators' median age under term limits. The number of legal professionals serving in the General Assembly has decreased since term limits took effect. The number of other occupations has increased.

 

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Seventeen Arkansas Legislators Seek Medicaid Unfunded Liabilities Estimate

(September 2014) Seventeen Arkansas state legislators have formally requested a Medicaid unfunded liabilities estimate from the state Department of Human Services.

 

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Policy Foundation Files Public Comment on Medicaid Expansion

(September 2014) A proposed amendment by Arkansas Medicaid expansion proponents is inadequate because it fails to estimate unfunded liabilities, according to a public comment submitted to authorities by the Policy Foundation.

 

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Policy Foundation Identified Failing School Districts in 2005-2008

(August 2014) The state Department of Education's recent decision to classify 26 Arkansas public schools as academically distressed is too late for a generation of poor and economically disadvantaged students in seven "failing" districts identified by the Policy Foundation in the 2005-2008 period.

 

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The U.S. Marine Corps & Activity Based Costing

(August 2014) The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), for 15 years has effectively used a fiscal reform that could save Arkansas taxpayers millions of dollars in scarce economic resources. The reform is activities based costing (ABC), defined by the Murphy Commission as an accounting system that "allocates dollars as they're spent in agencies--in a consistent and uniform manner--to defined service activities and administrative and support functions."

 

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Conway Forum to Examine Dr. Milton Friedman's Education Reform Ideas

(July 2014) A Conway forum hosted by the Policy Foundation will consider the education reform ideas of the late Dr. Milton Friedman (1912-2006), the 1976 Nobel laureate in Economics.

 

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Income Tax Cut Emerges as Issue

(July 2014) Arkansas state government's $78.7 million general-revenue surplus in the fiscal year (2013-14) that ended June 30 illustrates it is possible to cut income tax rates without cutting state programs.

 

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Weak Recovery: 45 Arkansas Counties Lose Jobs

(June 2014) One sure sign that current administration economic policies are not working is the widespread decline in Arkansas payroll employment, the broadest indicator at the state level. Jobs data released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employment in 45 Arkansas counties-more than half of the state-was lower at the end of 2013 than five years ago (June 2009) when the recovery started.

 

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Private School Choice on the Agenda

(May 2014) Three states bordering Arkansas have approved student private school choice programs, while legislators in a fourth are eyeing the reform.

 

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Post-Murphy Commission Tax Cuts

(April 2014) The Murphy Commission, a Policy Foundation project, spent three years reviewing Arkansas' tax system before publishing two studies in 1998 that concluded rates were a factor affecting economic development.

 

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States Without Capital Gains Taxes

(April 2014) States without capital gains taxes are creating new jobs at a higher rate than the national average in the current economic expansion, according to a Policy Foundation analysis of payroll employment data.

 

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CNBC Report On Arkansas

(April 23, 2014) CNBC, a financial news network with an international following cites a private report that found Arkansas ranks 50th in the nation for taxpayer return on investment in six main categories with 27 metrics.

 

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Arkansas Term Limits: More Women in General Assembly

(March 2014) The number of female General Assembly members has nearly tripled since the people of Arkansas approved term limits in 1992.

 

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Emergency Room Visits & Nationalized Medical Insurance

(March 2014) Nationalized medical insurance proponents, at the federal and Arkansas levels claim their policies will lead to a reduction in hospital emergency room visits as the uninsured obtain coverage. Yet emergency room incidence in Massachusetts, oft-cited by proponents, remains greater than the U.S. average, data reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation show.

 

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Arkansas School Choice Market Expands

(February 2014) The Arkansas school choice market expanded from an estimated 59,860 K-12 students in 2011to 66,627 in 2013, records show. The growing niche market includes students participating in public school choice programs to flee failing Arkansas public schools. It also includes homeschooled students, and those enrolled at private and charter schools.

 

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Arkansas Term Limits: Fewer Attorneys in General Assembly

(February 2014) The number of General Assembly members who list "attorney" or "lawyer" as their current or former profession has declined by nearly one-third since the people of Arkansas approved term limits in 1992.

 

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One of the Largest School Districts in Arkansas

(February 2014) Most articles filed by education reporters focus on traditional K-12 public school districts. An unreported story is the increase in home-schooling, part of the alternative Arkansas school choice market.

 

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Long-Term Economic Reasoning & Arkansas Medicaid Expansion

(January 2014) Arkansas Medicaid's unfunded liabilities are an overlooked issue in the current controversy around expanding the program. The state Department of Human Services (DHS) terms Medicaid "a pay-as-you-go program for which budgets and appropriations are done each year." Yet Medicaid's unfunded liabilities, in terms of economics, cannot be ignored.

 

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Adverse Selection

(January 2014) Proponents of nationalized medical insurance long ago conceded the problem of adverse selection, i.e., buyers and sellers with asymmetric information create an unsustainable risk pool with few healthy and many unhealthy enrollees. The federal Affordable Care Act tries to address adverse selection via the individual mandate, limited open enrollment, moderate fines and enrollee subsidies. Proponents are preoccupied with enrollment figures because a minimum of 2.7 million healthy young Americans must enroll to create a sustainable risk pool under the 2010 act.

 

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Mission Statement

The Arkansas Policy Foundation is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that analyzes the impact of public policy on Arkansas and makes recommendations.

The Foundation emphasizes the importance of tax policy and education reform.

Principles of tax policy: Arkansas would benefit from comprehensive, pro-growth reform; Arkansans are not under-taxed; taxes and rates do matter to entrepreneurs; dynamic scoring of tax changes and effects provides benefits.

Education reform: The Foundation seeks intellectual honesty and complete openness in reporting the lack of academic progress in Arkansas' school system.

The Foundation encourages citizenship.



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Policy Accomplishments

Following is a list of policy accomplishments recorded by the Arkansas Policy Foundation in its 19-year history as a market-based think tank: Click Here.

Visibility: Media Highlights

"The Arkansas Labor Pool Migrates from Manufacturing to Service Sectors"

Talk Business & Politics

November-December 2014

 

"Arkansas jobs rate at 6-month low"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

October 22, 2014

 

"Rivalry spurs development: NW, central cities focus on economic differences"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

October 19, 2014

 

Term Limits

Atkins Chronicle

Clay County Times Democrat

El Dorado News-Times

Pacesetting Times

Waldron News

Sept. 24-October 8, 2014

 

"State's jobless rate edges up to 6.3%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

September 20, 2014

 

"Manufacturing Base Lifts Arkansas GDP"

Talk Business

August 20, 2014

 

"An Economic Response To Income Inequality"

Arkansas Money & Politics

July/August 2014

 

"Arkansas out-of-job rate dips to 6.2%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 19, 2014

 

"Jobless rate for state drops again, to 6.4%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

June 21, 2014

 

"Arkansas' labor force size continues decline"

City Wire (Fort Smith)

June 20, 2014

 

"Arkansas jobless rate dips again to 6.4%"

Talk Business

June 20, 2014

 

"Arkansas' income-parity struggle"

City Wire (Fort Smith)

May 29, 2014

 

"Jobless rate relevancy"

City Wire (Fort Smith)

May 28, 2014

 

"Jobless rate dips 0.3% as labor force shrinks"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

May 17, 2014

 

"The power of ideas: charter schools good for Arkansas"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

May 12, 2014

 

"Term limits, age and experience"

The Commercial (Pine Bluff)

April 23, 2014

 

"State jobless rate dips to 6.9%, lowest since '09"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

April 19, 2014

 

"State Supreme Court will soon have majority of female justices"

Daily Record (Little Rock)

April 18, 2014

Jonesboro Sun

The Courier News (Russellville)

The Daily Citizen (Searcy)

April 15, 2014

The Commercial (Pine Bluff)

April 14, 2014

 

"Arkansas pupils' test scores climb but state still lags nation"

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

April 11, 2014

 

"Union County Achieves Elusive Income Goal"

Talk Business

April 4, 2014

 

"Term limits have brought fewer attorneys, more women"

Jonesboro Sun

April 3, 2014

 

"NW Arkansas job data outrank nation's sectors"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 30, 2014

 

"State's jobless rate at 7.1% last month"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 29, 2014

 

"City growth outpaces state"

Jonesboro Sun

March 27, 2014

 

"Revisions point to state jobless downtrend"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 18, 2014

 

"APF director says Union County tops the state in PCPI"

El Dorado News-Times

March 13, 2014

 

"Speakers Bureau"

El Dorado News-Times

March 9, 2014

 

"State's jobless rate dips in December"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

January 29, 2014

 

"State's unemployment rate holds at 7.5%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

December 21, 2013

 

Dave Elswick Show

KARN-AM 920

November 26, 2013

November 20, 2013

 

"Arkansas jobless rate goes up a tick to 7.5%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

November 23, 2013

 

"The education-jobs link"

The City Wire (Fort Smith)

November 12, 2013

 

"Labor market decision makers not fooled by low school standards"

Jonesboro Sun

October 26, 2013

 

"Jobs and Paychecks are Troubling Issues"

Talk Business Arkansas

September/October 2013

 

"Quick Action is lure governor casts alone"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

September 29, 2013

 

"Jobless rate flat as labor force shrinks"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

September 21, 2013

 

"Arkansas' labor force shrinking, jobless rate at 7.4%"

Talk Business

City Wire

September 20, 2013

 

"Arkansas Must Fight For Manufacturing Jobs"

September 12, 2013

City Wire

 

"Bill Clinton's Potemkin Village"

September 5, 2013

Daily Caller

 

"State's jobless rate up to 7.4%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

August 20, 2013

 

"New Mexico, Arkansas lead on food tax"

Santa Fe New Mexican

August 19, 2013

 

"Manufacturing Job Rebound Fades In Arkansas"

City Wire

Talk Business

August 8, 2013

 

"Outlying towns outgrow big cities"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 23, 2013

 

"Arkansas rate of joblessness holds at 7.3%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 20, 2013

 

"Economist: Oklahoma policymakers derstand that tax rates matter"

Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

July 19, 2013

 

"A milestone nears: charters still defying status quo"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 11, 2013

 

"From Theory to Practice"

University Bookman

June 26, 2013

 

"Arkansas' jobless rate rises in May"

City Wire

June 24, 2013

 

"State jobless rate hits 7.3 percent in May"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

June 22, 2013

 

Dave Elswick Show

KARN FM 102.9

May 28, 2013

 

“Northwest Arkansas Shows State How It’s Done”

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

May 12, 2013

 

“New Solutions for Pine Bluff’s Economy”

The Commercial (Pine Bluff)

May 3, 2013

 

"Economist: AR. Growth Only Firing on Two Cylinders"

Talk Business

April 22, 2013

 

"Report shows fewer Arkansans employed"

The City Wire

April 21, 2013

 

"Arkansas' jobless rate stays at 7.2%"

April 20, 2013

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

 

Alice Stewart Show

96.5 FM/KHTE

March 4, 2013

 

"Tax cuts on the agenda"

Jonesboro Sun

February 10, 2013

 

"Term Limits Weakening The Legislature"

Log Cabin Democrat

(Jason Tolbert column)

January 20, 2013

 

"Best Books 2012"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

December 23, 2012

 

"State jobless rate dips to 7%, but work force is shrinking"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

December 22, 2012

 

“Arkansas Policy Foundation

renews tax cut call”

Commercial (Pine Bluff)

Log Cabin Democrat (Conway)

Courier (Russellville)

November 25, 2012

 

“How to cut taxes

Fiscal policy effect should be focus”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

November 24, 2012

 

“How to change taxes

Memo to Arkansas legislators”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

November 20, 2012

 

“Arkansas Policy Foundation

renews tax cut call”

City Wire

Talk Business

November 19, 2012

 

“Slow recovery due to stimulus,

economist says”

El Dorado News-Times

August 30, 2012

 

“Speakers Bureau”

El Dorado News-Times

August 27, 2012

 

"Under The Radar"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

August 20, 2012

 

"Eatery tax takes too big of a bite, restaurants say"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

July 15, 2012

 

"State jobs up, pay slips in U.S. report"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 11, 2012

 

"Want Tax Reform? Encourage Business"

Arkansas Business Weekly

July 9, 2012

 

"Earned but not sought?"

Jonesboro Sun

July 6, 2012

 

"Tax credit is often not claimed"

Daily World (Helena)

July 6, 2012

 

"Stimulus and Infrastructure"

El Dorado News-Times

July 5, 2012

 

"State 2nd in guage of Money insecurity"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

June 22, 2012

 

"EITC: An unconventional income approach"

Arkansas Business Weekly

June 18, 2012

 

"District takeover was predictable"

Pine Bluff Commercial

June 12, 2012

 

"Small Greek economy could make big waves in the U.S."

City Wire

June 18, 2012

 

"Arkansas' GDP slows in 2011"

June 8, 2012

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

 

"Medicaid Discussion Needed"

June 7, 2012

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

 

"State Can Lead Way"

June 4, 2012

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

 

"Hundreds in Legal Discourse on Health Care"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

March 28, 2012

 

"Skyscrapers and the Alabama Economy"

Birmingham Business Journal

February 17, 2012

 

"As National Manufacturing Rebounds, Arkansas Offers A Different Picture"

Talk Business

February 14, 2012

 

"Helping Low Income Arkansans Keep More of the Money They Earn"

KARK-4

January 23, 2012

 

"Ratings system grades schools"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

January 22, 2012

 

"Arkansas' Largest Trading Partner"

Arkansas Business Weekly

January 16, 2012

 

"State At Disadvantage"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

January 5, 2012

 


2011 Media Highlights

2010 Media Highlights

2009 Media Highlights

2008 Media Highlights

Socialism Doesn't Work

Friedrich A. Hayek taught at the Univ. of Arkansas-Fayetteville in the early 1950s. He was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics. His insight? Socialism doesn't work due to the lack of a price system.

Making A Difference In Arkansas

The Arkansas Council on Economic Education (ACEE) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 to promote economic literacy in Arkansas.
http://www.arkeconed.org

Peer-Reviewed Research

The Arkansas Policy Foundation is an educational organization that regularly submits its research to scholarly journals that use a peer review process.

Journal Publications

“Michigan’s MEGA Tax Credits: Hayek’s Insight”

Economic Development Quarterly

Cleveland: Sage Publications

2012


"Wolverines, Razorbacks and Skyscrapers"

Transaction Periodicals Consortium,

Rutgers University

Winter 2010


"The Austrian School in the NBER's Business Cycle Studies"

QJAE

Summer 2010


'Regulation of financial derivatives in the U.S. code'
Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation
(London, U.K.) Palgrave Macmillian Ltd.
February 2006
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'Deflation & Economic Growth'
QJAE
(Piscataway, N.J.) Transaction Periodicals Consortium, Rutgers University
Summer 2006

Policy Foundation research on this topic cited by Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe (Opinion No. 2005-291)

'A review of state statutes regulating financial derivatives in the USA'
Pensions, an International Journal
(London, U.K.) Palgrave Macmillian Ltd.
2004
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Non-Profit Resources

www.foundationcenter.org
(Including Form 990s)