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We at Americans for Prosperity-Arkansas work to break down barriers to opportunity that inhibit Arkansans from improving their lives and reaching their full potential.

We want to promote economic opportunity for all Arkansans, improving education for all students, expanding access to quality, affordable health care, and reforming our criminal justice system.

Keep Scrolling to read about our Believe in Arkansas Policy Plan!

Click Here To See Our Legislative Agenda

Economic Opportunity

Lead In Fiscal Responsibility And Protect Taxpayers

Arkansas can practice fiscal responsibility by focusing funding on the government’s core responsibilities, protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars from unnecessary spending, and keeping on a path to continued income tax reduction.

Check out our conversation with Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy for American Legislative Exchange Council

Check out our conversation with Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl, assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas

Hear from Adam Millsap, Senior Fellow for Economic Opportunity, and Kurt Couchman, Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy, as we talk about tax policy and potential pathways to income tax reductions for Arkansans.\

Remove Barriers To Work and Drive Workforce Mobility

Arkansas can remove overburdensome licensing requirements that serve as barriers to entry for individuals trying to enter a profession. Arkansas can embrace universal recognition of licenses to bring working professionals across many career fields to the state, including military families.

Check out our conversation with Erica Jedynak, the Director of Economic Opportunity for the Stand Together Chamber of Commerce, and Alex Kanode, an economic policy analyst with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics

Check out Zachary Burt, Research Associate at The Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE), discussing how occupational licensing can support consumer safety while reducing unnecessary barriers to individual economic freedom.

Become a National Leader in Economic Growth

Arkansans can be a pro-economic growth state where citizens do not have to seek a permission slip from the government to earn a living and provide for their families. Arkansas can cut burdensome red tape by adopting policies that make it easier for individuals to thrive and for businesses to start and succeed.

Check out Rees Empey, Director of State Government Affairs at Libertas Institute, discussing new ways to encourage business innovation in Arkansas, including creating regulatory sandboxes for new businesses.

Check out Michael Harden, Vice President of Development at John Locke Foundation, and Matthew Nicaud, technology specialist with the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, as we discuss the future of Arkansas Agri-Tech and removing unnecessary barriers to food production and processing

Education

Statewide Open Enrollment

Open enrollment, where a parent can enroll their child in the public school of their choice, would give more education options to thousands of families who need them. Public schools should be mandated to publicly report their anticipated student enrollment, enrollment capacity, and have a transparent and unbiased process for determining which students will be enrolled.

Hear about the benefits of open enrollment from Jude Schwalbach, Policy Analyst for Reason Foundation, on the Believe In Arkansas podcast.

Learn Everywhere

Provide an education credit for learning, wherever it occurs. Children learn through a variety of approaches and experiences: this includes learning in a traditional classroom and experiences far beyond the walls of a traditional school. Learn Everywhere policies create a path for students to earn course credits for these out-of-classroom learning opportunities.

Check out our conversation with Andrew Nelms, of Yes Every Kid, and Michele Linch, executive director of Arkansas State Teachers Association

Check out our conversation with education “super advocate” Miss Virgnia Walden-Ford and Andrew Yates of Yes. Every Kid. as they talk student focused transformational change.

Move to Competency-based Education

Remove arbitrary seat-time rules and focus on content mastery. Most education systems are organized around specific requirements related to the number of hours (or even minutes) of instruction a student receives in a day, week, and school year.  Instead, they should focus on mastering concepts and skills, regardless of time, place, and pace.

Check out Robert Enlow, President and CEO of EdChoice, as he discusses the “factory model of education” and how it no longer meets the needs and challenges of 21st Century education.

Reimagine Standards and Assessment Policies

Make testing a seamless part of a child’s education experience—not the end focus of education. A persistent barrier to innovation in education is a focus on end-of-year summative tests that are based on traditionally defined courses. Innovative schools are designing assessment practices that value a broader set of skills, assess learning as it happens to inform instruction, and allow students to move on when they demonstrate mastery.

Check out Dr. C.J. Huff, retired school superintendent and Executive Director of Bright Futures, speaking on how testing should be a seamless part of a child’s education experience —not the end focus of education

Hear about the issues and opportunities with education assessment reforms from Dr. Sarah McKenzie, the Executive Director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas, on the Believe In Arkansas podcast.

Health Care

Repeal Certificate of Need Laws for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities

To increase mental health care access for our youth, Arkansas should remove limits to lifesaving mental health services and encourage innovation in service delivery by repealing Certificate of Need (CON) laws for psychiatric residential treatment facilities and ending the moratorium on new residential care beds.

End Moratorium on New Residential Care Beds in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities

To increase mental health care access for our youth, lawmakers should repeal moratoriums on adding new care beds in psychiatric residential treatment facilities. Arkansas currently prohibits the Permit Commission from approving new residential care beds for mental illness.

Remove Unnecessary Barriers and Support Universal License Recognition for Mental Health Professionals

To increase mental health care access, lawmakers should remove unnecessary barriers to licensing and pass universal recognition the licenses of mental health professionals from other states, so they are attracted to provide care in Arkansas as quickly as possible.

Criminal Justice Reform

Overcriminalization

Identify and reduce the number of overly punitive, unnecessary, and unjust statutes carrying criminal penalties at the state level.  The rightful role of criminal law is to promote public safety and should only be used in situations that further that goal.

Due Process

Improve the pre-trial process for defendants. The U.S. Constitution ensures various rights for individuals accused of breaking the law in criminal proceedings, such as a speedy trial and adequate defense. Unfortunately, many of these essential guarantees are regularly undermined and defendants often find themselves waiting for significant periods of time for their day in court. This inflicts undue burdens on the accused, witnesses, and crime victims, while giving prosecutors unwarranted leverage in plea deals (the result of over 95% of cases).

Check out our conversation with Casey Mattox, Vice President of Legal Policy with AFP, and Keith Neely, attorney with Institute for Justice

Fines And Fees Reform

Improve transparency and accountability in the collection of revenues from fines, fees, forfeitures, and traffic tickets. Many law enforcement agencies accept policies or duties that ultimately lead to poor outcomes and make line officers’ jobs more difficult because they provide budgetary support not being provided by our local leaders.

Check out our conversation with Sarah Everett, an attorney with ACLU of Arkansas, and Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope

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