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Tax menu open, Arkansas task force leaders say

Governor’s proposed 6% bracket one of many issues on table, legislators note

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published February 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Sen. Jim Hendren (left) and fellow budget task force member Sen. Joyce Elliott (right) join Sen. Linda Chesterfield and Rep. Charles Blake at a Joint Budget Committee meeting Tuesday.

Sen. Bart Hester (center), R-Cave Springs, and Rep. Justin Gonzales (right), R-Okolona, confer with another legislator Tuesday during a Joint Budget C...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut the state's top individual income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 6 percent won't necessarily be the centerpiece of the Legislature's tax-overhaul task force recommendations later this year, Sen. Jim Hendren, a co-chairman, said Tuesday.

Sen. Bart Hester (center), R-Cave Springs, and Rep. Justin Gonzales (right), R-Okolona, confer with another legislator Tuesday during a Joint Budget C...

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Dontsufferfools says... February 14, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

Quite an article. Even Democrats like Teague seem fully invested in Arkansas' race to the bottom. No agenda here but cut taxes. No interest in raising the state by improving education, prisons, roads. $150 million already cut and another $180 million on the table.
Think what people who believe in government and love Arkansas might do with that money.
• Reform education and raise teacher pay. Get rid of our agrarian-style system and teach kids year-round. Teachers would be paid on 12-month contracts, and pay would be high enough to encourage high-achieving students opting for law, medical fields and engineering to think about teaching instead.
• Fund higher education so tuition doesn't rise three times the rate of inflation. Arkansas will never have an MIT as long as it's led by people who think of a 5% tax bracket as Nirvana.
• Set up more achievement-based scholarships. Base them on real test scores and make them useable in our state universities.
* Make sure UAMS, the gem of the higher-ed system, thrives, not shrinks.
• Create a humane prison system that really tries to rehabilitate young criminals. Make sure the career criminals stay behind bars and have something useful to do for society.
• Work with the school districts to find ways to intervene in the lives of lightly parented youths who are trapped in the school to prison pipeline. Don't give up on them and find a carrot and stick approach that works.
• Make the Hogs competitive by creating a slush fund so Coach Morris can pay off the fathers of 5-star recruits.

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GeneralMac says... February 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

" rehabilitate young criminals "

First you have to use better judgement on which young criminals can be rehabilitated.

Several judges thought the violent thug Lil Boosi could be rehabilitated.
They even left him roam the streets at midnight after several armed robberies where the victims got pistol whipped.

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GeneralMac says... February 14, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

" teach kids year around "

Won't fly !

Doesn't fly in many states who are ranked near the top in schools nationwide either.

Amazing how private schools with low paid teachers can turn out outstanding scholars.
Reason?..............their beginning product is better

Unless we change the STUDENTS attitude/behavior you are just throwing money at a problem with no accountability.

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