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Arkansas Term Limits: More Women in General Assembly

(March 2014) The number of female General Assembly members has nearly tripled since the people of Arkansas approved term limits in 1992.

 

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Emergency Room Visits & Nationalized Medical Insurance

(March 2014) Nationalized medical insurance proponents, at the federal and Arkansas levels claim their policies will lead to a reduction in hospital emergency room visits as the uninsured obtain coverage. Yet emergency room incidence in Massachusetts, oft-cited by proponents, remains greater than the U.S. average, data reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation show.

 

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Arkansas School Choice Market Expands

(February 2014) The Arkansas school choice market expanded from an estimated 59,860 K-12 students in 2011to 66,627 in 2013, records show. The growing niche market includes students participating in public school choice programs to flee failing Arkansas public schools. It also includes homeschooled students, and those enrolled at private and charter schools.

 

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Arkansas Term Limits: Fewer Attorneys in General Assembly

(February 2014) The number of General Assembly members who list "attorney" or "lawyer" as their current or former profession has declined by nearly one-third since the people of Arkansas approved term limits in 1992.

 

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One of the Largest School Districts in Arkansas

(February 2014) Most articles filed by education reporters focus on traditional K-12 public school districts. An unreported story is the increase in home-schooling, part of the alternative Arkansas school choice market.

 

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Long-Term Economic Reasoning & Arkansas Medicaid Expansion

(January 2014) Arkansas Medicaid's unfunded liabilities are an overlooked issue in the current controversy around expanding the program. The state Department of Human Services (DHS) terms Medicaid "a pay-as-you-go program for which budgets and appropriations are done each year." Yet Medicaid's unfunded liabilities, in terms of economics, cannot be ignored.

 

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Adverse Selection

(January 2014) Proponents of nationalized medical insurance long ago conceded the problem of adverse selection, i.e., buyers and sellers with asymmetric information create an unsustainable risk pool with few healthy and many unhealthy enrollees. The federal Affordable Care Act tries to address adverse selection via the individual mandate, limited open enrollment, moderate fines and enrollee subsidies. Proponents are preoccupied with enrollment figures because a minimum of 2.7 million healthy young Americans must enroll to create a sustainable risk pool under the 2010 act.

 

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Tax Rates Can Be Cut Using Surplus Revenues

(December 2013) The state's November General Revenue Report shows another fiscal year (2013-14) surplus emerging, another reminder that Arkansas' uncompetitive tax rates can be cut using surplus revenues.

 

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Business Owners Are Public Servants

(December 2013) Business owners--from the anonymous innkeeper whose generosity provided shelter to Joseph and Mary to the high-tech geniuses behind Space Age technological wonders--exist to serve the public, i.e., consumers. This insight is lost when civil discourse descends to class warfare instead of examining the factors behind a market-based order, which leads to the production of consumer goods and economic prosperity.

 

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Supply, Demand & Arkansas Medicaid Expansion

(November 15, 2013) Barely 20 percent of Arkansans eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act have enrolled after six weeks of the program. Media reports on technological glitches with a federal site have ignored other problems with Arkansas Medicaid expansion that betray a basic misunderstanding of economic supply and demand.

 

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Arkansas Higher Ed Tuition Costs Outpace Inflation

(October 2013) In-state undergraduate tuition costs for students attending Arkansas' largest public universities continue to outpace inflation despite the lowest multi-year increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the early 1960s.

 

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The Unprecedented Contraction of Arkansas' Civilian Labor Force

(September 19, 2013) Arkansas' civilian labor force--all employed and unemployed Arkansans--is contracting in an expansion, an unprecedented development in state labor market records that date to the mid-1970s. The trend may continue when the August employment report is released Friday.

 

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Arkansas Education Needs High Standards

(September 2013) Two state Department of Education reports obtained by the Policy Foundation illustrate that low educational standards continue to contribute to subpar Arkansas employment growth, as surrounding states outperform in an economy that entered its fifth year of expansion in June.

 

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Limit State Spending, Create Jobs & Paychecks

(August 2013) Arkansas state government does not have a revenue problem. State revenues have recorded surpluses for the last three fiscal years: $300 million (2012-13), $146 million (2011-2012) and $94 million (2010-2011). The people of Arkansas, by contrast, are faced with weak employment and income markets. Arkansas payroll employment has increased by less than the U.S. average since the recession ended in mid-2009. Arkansas per capita and median incomes trail the U.S. averages.

 

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

The 101st 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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The Oligopoly

(June 2013) Business enterprises in a market-based economy serve consumers. Any enterprise intent on selling a good or service begins by asking, ‘What are the economics?’ The problems to be solved include determining market type, estimating consumer demand, identifying the required supply of the product, assessing the costs involved, and setting prices using market signals. These issues are not merely academic. They are practical, and will determine whether or not the enterprise is a success.

 

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ACORN & Taxpayer Funding

(June 2013) Three decades before Congress voted to defund a welfare lobby founded in Arkansas, congressional auditors found the group disregarded federal guidelines by using trainees in a taxpayer-funded program for political activity. The episode illustrates the peril of legislators creating bias in the policy arena by subsidizing pet groups with tax dollars.

 

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Surplus State Revenues & A 6.5% Top Income Tax Rate

(June 2013) Arkansas Republicans, in control of the General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction reduced the top state income tax rate from 7.0 to 6.9% in the session that ended last month.  But the top rate could have been cut to 6.5% in the new fiscal year if policymakers had earmarked surplus state revenues for relief starting with the middle class.

 

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Medicaid Expansion & Economic Shortages

(May 2013) Economists and medical professionals have understood for some time that shortages exist within Arkansas’ health care system. But the bipartisan group of state lawmakers that expanded Arkansas’ Medicaid rolls by an estimated quarter-million recipients (250,000) ignored this issue in three public acts that expanded the program. The unintended economic consequence is that existing Arkansas medical shortages will worsen.

 

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Top Arkansas Income Tax Rate Reduced From 7.0 to 6.9 Percent

(April 2013) The state legislature has reduced the top Arkansas income tax rate from 7.0 to 6.9 percent on net income greater than $44,000 for “tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.” The measure also cuts income taxes for lower-income Arkansans beginning in January 2014.

 

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States of Employment Growth

(April 2013) The capital gains tax cut approved by the first Republican-controlled state legislature since Reconstruction is a modest step toward creating a more pro-growth economic climate in Arkansas. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, increases the capital gains exemption from individual income taxes from 30 to 50 percent. Carter defined the issue in terms of creating incentives for job creators.

 

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School Letter Grades Approved

(March 25, 2013) The state General Assembly has approved part of a 15-year-old Murphy Commission recommendation that clarifies for parents the public school rating system, amending annual school report cards from numerical to letter grades.

 

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Medicaid Unfunded Liabilities Expand Under So-Called "Private" Option

(March 2013) The unfunded liabilities of the state’s ‘ARKids First program,’ a major part of Arkansas Medicaid are estimated to expand by more than $1 billion under a so-called “private” option under review by state legislators.

 

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The State of Arkansas Manufacturing

(February 2013) Beebe administration officials are asking the state General Assembly to approve a $125 million bond deal for a steel production facility at Osceola in east Arkansas that promises 525 new jobs. But the state of Arkansas manufacturing is so weak, compared to historical levels that the proposed mill is likely to have minimal impact on employment and GDP.

 

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Overlooked Issues in Medicaid Debate

(January 15, 2013) Arkansas policymakers are debating Medicaid expansion, yet a number of key issues have been overlooked by observers.

 

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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

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Visibility: Media Highlights

"Arkansas pupils' test scores climb but state still lags nation"

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

April 11, 2014

 

"Union County Achieves Elusive Income Goal"

Talk Business

April 4, 2014

 

"Term limits have brought fewer attorneys, more women"

Jonesboro Sun

April 3, 2014

 

"NW Arkansas job data outrank nation's sectors"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 30, 2014

 

"State's jobless rate at 7.1% last month"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 29, 2014

 

"City growth outpaces state"

Jonesboro Sun

March 27, 2014

 

"Revisions point to state jobless downtrend"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

March 18, 2014

 

"APF director says Union County tops the state in PCPI"

El Dorado News-Times

March 13, 2014

 

"Speakers Bureau"

El Dorado News-Times

March 9, 2014

 

"State's jobless rate dips in December"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

January 29, 2014

 

"State's unemployment rate holds at 7.5%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

December 21, 2013

 

Dave Elswick Show

KARN-AM 920

November 26, 2013

November 20, 2013

 

"Arkansas jobless rate goes up a tick to 7.5%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

November 23, 2013

 

"The education-jobs link"

The City Wire (Fort Smith)

November 12, 2013

 

"Labor market decision makers not fooled by low school standards"

Jonesboro Sun

October 26, 2013

 

"Jobs and Paychecks are Troubling Issues"

Talk Business Arkansas

September/October 2013

 

"Quick Action is lure governor casts alone"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

Rogers Morning News

Springdale Morning News

September 29, 2013

 

"Jobless rate flat as labor force shrinks"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

September 21, 2013

 

"Arkansas' labor force shrinking, jobless rate at 7.4%"

Talk Business

City Wire

September 20, 2013

 

"Arkansas Must Fight For Manufacturing Jobs"

September 12, 2013

City Wire

 

"Bill Clinton's Potemkin Village"

September 5, 2013

Daily Caller

 

"State's jobless rate up to 7.4%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

August 20, 2013

 

"New Mexico, Arkansas lead on food tax"

Santa Fe New Mexican

August 19, 2013

 

"Manufacturing Job Rebound Fades In Arkansas"

City Wire

Talk Business

August 8, 2013

 

"Outlying towns outgrow big cities"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 23, 2013

 

"Arkansas rate of joblessness holds at 7.3%"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 20, 2013

 

"Economist: Oklahoma policymakers derstand that tax rates matter"

Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

July 19, 2013

 

"A milestone nears: charters still defying status quo"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas Times

Benton County Daily Record

July 11, 2013

 

"From Theory to Practice"

University Bookman

June 26, 2013

 

"Arkansas' jobless rate rises in May"

City Wire

June 24, 2013

 

"State jobless rate hits 7.3 percent in May"

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Benton County Daily Record

Northwest Arkansas Times

June 22, 2013

 

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
Read Online

'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
Read Online

Non-Profit Resources

www.foundationcenter.org
(Including Form 990s)