Legislative Alerts

Why Find Solutions When You Could Just Raise Everyone’s Taxes?

September 28, 2015

“We need to raise the gas tax by 10 cents – as soon as possible.” That was the idea put forward by the Executive Director of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation this weekend on Talk Business and Politics. The President of the Arkansas Trucking Association joined in, expressing support for a five-cent per gallon tax […]

No Need For Arkansas To Continue With A State Exchange

September 23, 2015

In response to arguments made by those who support the creation of a state-based healthcare exchange, the Advance Arkansas Institute has produced a detailed policy paper outlining the reasons why it’s wrong for Arkansas. As AAI points out, there is no reason for Arkansas to move to a state exchange, especially in light of the […]

Could Arkansans Face A $125 Million Tax Hike?

September 09, 2015

The latest meeting of the Governor’s Highway Funding Working Group was not a good one for taxpayers. According to a recap of the meeting from Talk Business, several members of the working group called for a massive gas tax hike on Arkansas motorists. Craig Douglass, executive director of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation, called for […]

Re-Examining the Highway Funding Formula

September 01, 2015

After the last meeting of the Governor’s Highway Funding Working Group, Brenda Blagg at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote a column about Highway Commissioner Frank Scott, Jr.’s suggestion that any new money diverted to the highway department be split 80% to 20% with the cities and counties as opposed to the traditional 70% to 30% split. […]

Reducing The Burden For Highway Funding

August 31, 2015

As we mentioned last week, there are some ideas that have been discussed by the Governor’s Highway Funding Working Group that would help address the highway funding shortfall without raising taxes. One such idea is demanding accountability in how cities and counties spend the $0.32 cents on each dollar they receive from AHTD, mostly in […]