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Coleman proposes income, corporate tax cuts

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 26, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/24/2014-- Curtis Coleman is surrounded by supporters at the state Capitol as he files to run for Republi...

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman is proposing big cuts to Arkansas' corporate and individual income taxes and says making those reductions are a higher priority than school funding.

Coleman detailed a series of tax cut measures Wednesday that he wants to enact if elected to Arkansas' top office.

He estimated the centerpiece of that plan, a proposal to cut individual income taxes 20 percent, would cost more than $2.3 billion over eight years.

Coleman is running against former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson for the GOP nomination in the May primary, and has lagged in fundraising and organization. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and substitute teacher Lynette Bryant are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Ross and Hutchinson have unveiled competing proposals to cut state individual income taxes.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 26, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

ht tp://dailycaller.c om/2014/03/20/despite-outrageous-school-spending-students-actually-dumber-than-in-1972/
"Ross and Hutchinson have unveiled competing proposals to cut state individual income taxes." But no plans of reducing government to accomplish this.
Asa Hutchinson is a RINO.

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hah406 says... March 26, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Coleman may possibly be insane. He wants to cut education funding in a state that overall ranks near to dead last in all educational measures. To what end, one must wonder?

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Pacorabone says... March 26, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

@hah406... The amount of funds going towards education has absolutely no relevance to the quality of education. In fact, over the last 20 years as funding for public education in Arkansas has increased exponentially (hundreds of millions) the graduation rates and test scores have decreased. There are several states (ex:Texas, Ok) that spends less per student than Ark and gets better results. And consider this... Ark spends considerably more per student in public education than many private schools in the same communities. These private schools have a much higher grad rate and test scores. The problem with public education is excessive and duplicitous administrative costs, political agendas of the provider of the funds (both state and fed), the lowering of expectations and lack of accountability/ disciplinary action among teachers, administrators and students. What we are witnessing is the intentional "dumbing down of America"

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LevyRat says... March 26, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRAT Mike Ross is going to propose a cut in the state income tax? What a joke!

How about this TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRAT Mike Ross, how about getting the taxes off utilities?

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Packman says... March 26, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

I've actually had a conversation with this guy and yes, hah406, he may be certifiably nuts. Teacher pay is one thing I would like to see raised via a tax increase if no other alternative exists. For the most part public school teachers are saints. If only the federal government would let them teach instead of forcing them to play social engineering games.

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camphale says... March 26, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.

Curtis Coleman has never proposed to cut education funding or the salaries of public school teachers. In fact, his education plan is the best solution anyone has put forward to solving the issues of Common Core, school choice and vocational/technical training in the state of Arkansas. He is also the only candidate in the gubernatorial race that has not endorsed Obamacare (Ross, Asa on the private option), and not been a member of the same party or endorsed Attorney General Eric Holder (Ross-D, Asa endorsed him). There is only one true conservative candidate in the race for Governor in Arkansas and that is Curtis Coleman.

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Populist says... March 26, 2014 at 3:35 p.m.


O.K. I just went to the Curtis Coleman website and read his education policy. He talks about the problem, but then fails to provide any real solutions other than that he is against Common Core. He says all the Arkansas teachers are fine. The only way to solve Arkansas' education problems is to bring in people who have a proven record of success in education. There are school systems in this country which do a good job teaching children. They have good systems in place for training teachers and firing the bad ones. To transform the notoriously bad Arkansas education system would take money and would require hiring some new people. The schools have been so bad that many of these kids need access to tutoring and summer courses taught by educational professionals. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats in Arkansas want to take on the teachers unions or spend any money improving the schools. The money just goes down the drain to incompetent teachers and administrators who can't be fired and to lawyers who have been bilking the system for years. It's a shame.

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Packman says... March 26, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

@Populist - Whoa there old girl, why are you painting Arkansas' entire system of public education with the same brush? I have a homework assignment for you to make a point. Determine the out-of-wedlock birthrate for kids in specific schools in Arkansas and your holy Maryland. Next, determine standardized test scores for those same schools. Then, chart the data in a comparative fashion. Controlling for this variable (baby momma culture) would it surprise you to find educational attainment in your holier-than-thou Maryland no better than backward Arkansas? For example, kids in the Greenwood school do pretty well. Wanna guess the percentage of student population born to unwed moms?

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RodneyBeasley says... March 26, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

Whoa! I as there today and can certify that Curtis Coleman did not propose reducing funding for education. The reporter asked him if he was proposing just that. The response from Coleman was absolutely NOT. Then the reporter reports what he wants, an absolute falsehood. Now who is nuts or insane?

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