View on Issue 1 from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The full article may be read in its entirety by clicking here. Below is an excerpt. Vote no on Ballot Issue 1. Placing a tax that hurts the poor and families does nothing to truly move Arkansas forward.
Issue No. 1 would finance a $1.3 billion bond issue with a “temporary” half-percent sales tax and focus on building highways across the state (…).
First things first: About those scare quotes around “temporary,” they need to be there. Because this tax is supposed to be on the books for “only” 10 years. But when was the last time a 10-year tax was dropped? Come on, we all know what’s going to happen a decade from now should this sales tax pass. All the pols are going to line up for an extension of the bond issue (“No new taxes!”) in order to pay for their favorite projects, and their first argument will be: It’s a renewal—so nobody’s taxes will go up if you pass it.
(…) if Arkansas’ voters pass Issue No. 1 come November 6th, the combined sales taxes in some Arkansas cities would be higher than in New York City and San Francisco. And even, gasp, Dallas.
What this state doesn’t need is folks in New York and San Francisco and, yes, Dallas, pointing to Arkansas as an example of the real tax-and-spenders.
(…) [T]he highest sales tax in the country stands at around 10 percent. Passing this tax would put more than a few Arkansas towns close to that. Let’s not.
There is a limit to how much people can be taxed, and with Arkansas’ continued and multiple tax increases over the years, we’re getting close to it.