ARKANSAS PROPERTY TAX APPEAL INFORMATION


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Road Map for Arkansas Prosperity

(December 2012) Taxes were raised in 1983 and, again, in 2004 with the following result: Arkansas ranked 47th, 48th or 49th nationally in per capita personal income, with a level 75 to 78 percent of the U.S. thru 2006. In sum, income improved by a mere three-hundredths (3/100ths) in nearly a quarter-century. This is the sad economic record defended by tax cut opponents, and it's time they were called on it. Their policies ate the seed, and caused capital, jobs and paychecks to flee Arkansas. The long-suffering people of Arkansas deserve better.

 

Per capita income expanded to 81 percent of the U.S., and Arkansas’ rank reached 46th following the largest tax cut in the state’s history, a 75 percent reduction in the grocery tax (2007-11). But other state taxes must be cut if Arkansas is to compete for new jobs and improve its income rank.

 

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Advancing School Choice in Arkansas

Charter school students are one segment of the market for school choice in Arkansas, an overlooked topic in the education reform debate. The Policy Foundation identifies these market segments as follows:

    
 Charter school studends    8,500
 Public school choice students    15,682
 Homeschooled students    16,303
 Private school students    19,375
       
 Total (2011)    59,860

 

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How to Cut Taxes in Arkansas

(November 2012) The policy climate has shifted dramatically in Arkansas, with Republicans winning control of the state Senate, 21-14, and state House, 51-48-11, for the first time since Reconstruction. The stage is set for a serious policy debate around a question advanced by the Policy Foundation since its 1995 founding: “How to cut taxes in Arkansas?’ Fiscal policy in this new environment should focus on income, capital gains and grocery tax rates, and their potential effect on household budgets, job creation and state revenues.

 

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Sister States, More Female Legislators in Term Limits Era

(October 2012) Former President Bill Clinton noted Arkansas and Michigan are sister states during a March 1997 speech to the Michigan legislature. Arkansas and Michigan share another distinction: the number of female legislators has increased significantly since the people approved similar term limits constitutional amendments by landslide margins in 1992.

 

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Long-term Arkansas Medicaid Spending Growth Greater than U.S. Average, CPI

(September 2012) Long-term Arkansas Medicaid spending exceeded the U.S. average and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) before Gov. Mike Beebe supported expanding the program after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding nationalized medical insurance.

 

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State Treasurer Has No Derivatives Policy

(September 2012) The Arkansas State Treasurer has no written policy regarding financial derivatives, according to the office’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed Sept. 24 by the Policy Foundation.

 

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‘ARKIDS FIRST’ Unfunded Liabilities Estimated at $3.5 Billion

(August 2012) The unfunded liabilities of the state’s ‘ARKids First program,’ a major component of Arkansas Medicaid are conservatively estimated at $3.5 billion, according to enrollment, federal reimbursement and average annual cost data obtained by the Policy Foundation.

 

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Dr. Milton Friedman's Education Reform Ideas to be Discussed at July 31 Conway Forum

(July 2012) The 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Milton Friedman (1912-2006), the 1976 Nobel Economics laureate will be commemorated at a July 31 forum hosted by the Policy Foundation in Conway.

 

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Arkansas Medicaid Crisis Looms
Despite $1 Billion in Stimulus Funds

(June 2012) Arkansas policymakers face a potential $1.3 billion budget deficit in the state’s Medicaid program despite receiving $1 billion in federal stimulus funds for “health and human services” since 2009, according to remarks by officials and public records.

 

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Policy Foundation Runner-Up in
National Better Government

(June 11, 2012) A Policy Foundation proposal to increase government transparency is one of four runners-up in the 21st annual Better Government Competition (BGC) sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, a think tank in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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How Low Will They Go?

(May 2012) The state Higher Education Coordinating Board’s decision to allow public higher learning institutions to replace algebra as a graduation requirement for most students marks a new low in declining Arkansas academic standards. The panel calls for college algebra to be required for STEM students while the requirement is dropped for other majors.

 

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Arkansas Medicaid's Unfunded Liabilities

(May 5, 2012) Remarks by Arkansas officials this week have pushed Medicaid, a government medical insurance program, to the policy forefront. State Human Services Department Director John Selig said Arkansas will have to either slash Medicaid or increase spending due to a projected shortfall. Gov. Beebe said Medicaid cuts or new taxes are coming in FY 2014. The fiscal impact will be significant. Medicaid was 18.1 percent of the state’s $24.8 billion 2011 budget, and Selig contends Arkansas could lose up to $900 million in federal funding without additional state funding.

 

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Flight From Accountability

(April 2012) Public school administrators oftentimes seem oblivious to a 21st century economic reality: their consumer base includes businesses and entrepreneurs trying to compete in a global economy where standards rule.

 

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FOIA Documents; State, LRSD Unprepared for Deflation in Property Values Scenario

(April 2012) The state Department of Education and the Little Rock School District, Arkansas’ largest district, have no plan to respond to deflation in property values, a problem in states like California, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Policy Foundation.

 

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Twice as Many Arkansas Homeschool and Private School Students as AEA Members

(March 2012) The number of Arkansas homeschooled and private school students outnumber Arkansas Education Association (AEA) members by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, public records show.

 

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Arkansas Teacher Performance Pay

(February 2012) Performance pay has advanced from Murphy Commission recommendation to experiment in Arkansas’ largest school district to current policy in three Arkansas school districts (Cross County, Lincoln, and Helena-West Helena) and at two charter schools (e-STEM, and Academics Plus).

 

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Improving K-12 Financial Analysis, PT. 1

(February 2012) The creation of a uniform accounting system for Arkansas K-12 school districts is one reform of the post-Lakeview policy environment.

 

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Policy Foundation Joins Legal Challenge to Nationalized Medical Insurance

(February 13, 2012) The Policy Foundation has joined a legal challenge to nationalized medical insurance, joining a coalition of national and state think tanks and legislators in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

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More Than One-Third of States Have School Choice Programs

(January 2012) Eighteen states—more than one-third of the U.S.—have school choice programs serving students and parents attending private schools. But Arkansas does not have any private choice programs two decades after Wisconsin launched a key program in 1990 in Milwaukee.

 

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A Tale of Two Arkansas Performance Reports

(January 2012) A new student performance report by the Univ. of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s Office for Education Policy (OEP), following surveys from the state Department of Education (2011) and the Policy Foundation (2005-2008) underscore a problem: the department’s failure to admit there is a problem.

 

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National School Choice Week

(January 2012) National School Choice Week is January 22-28, 2012. For more information visit: http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com/

 

 



 

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

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)