As we are all either trying to wind our way down to the new year or get those last couple of presents squared away, Washington, DC was at it again trying to spend away the future. The good news is that Senator ...
Last week, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett used his column space to continue his long-held tradition of griping about legislative efforts to reduce the capital gains tax. Brummett, along with tax-and-spend politicians like President Obama, love to paint the capital gains tax as a handout to a handful of ultra-wealthy elites, but the data shows […]
It’s no secret Arkansas is failing to attract jobs. Between June 2009 and June 2014 Arkansas only added 30,000 jobs ranking 47 out of 51 in job creation nationally. A root cause of this anemic growth has been a less-than hospitable businesses climate. Arkansas currently ranks 2nd in highest sales tax and has the 10th […]
The Arkansas Senate will soon vote on HB1552, sponsored by Rep. Doug House, which would create the Succeed Scholarship Program. This program would allow students with special needs to receive a scholarship to a private school of choice. AFP-Arkansas supports this bill because it increases the educational opportunities available to some of Arkansas’s most vulnerable […]
The Arkansas House will soon vote on SB800, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, to allow transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Arkansas despite attempts by localities (mainly Little Rock and Fayetteville) to onerously regulate and stifle their business. Across the country, we’ve seen several instances where the taxicab industry (which doesn’t […]
The 5th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution reads, in part, that “Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In order to protect private property rights, two criteria must be met when eminent domain is used. First, the taking must be for a legitimate public use, such as for the construction […]