What the working man got in the Arkansas worka day world that didn't much improve. For the moment, it appears to be in actual decline.
sensible head of a conservative think tankcalling itself the Arkansas Policy Foundation.
Surely we don't mean to celebrate that.
Ever advancing anti tax notions, he asserted some kind of connection between our rocketing to 46th and the fact the we have recently experienced the biggest volume tax cut in the state's history.
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We don't thank God only for Mississippi anymore.
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LITTLE ROCK That was the quintessential Arkansas news story last week when Gov. Mike Beebe happily trumpeted that our state's per capita income is now the 46th worst in the United States.
Arkansas did a little better mainly because farm income was good. Agriculture is a bigger component of our economy than any of those other states behind us, except maybe Mississippi, which started behind us and stayed behind.
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Economic health is a human issue, about opportunity and life quality, and shouldn't be treated like conference football standings.
in our per capita income than any state except, of course, Mississippi.
I readily understand that cutting taxes on a retail purchase of a life necessity gives people more disposable income. I cannot see how it would give people bigger paychecks.
Apparently we are celebrating that the Lord blesses a few people even less bountifully than he blesses us. We're highfiving over the misfortune of others. Bureau ofEconomic Analysis, which was for 2008. It's just that Mississippi, Utah, Kentucky and West Virginia were stagnant.
The difference between 46th and 49th is $756 a year. If a couple of people in Utah, West Virginia and Kentucky get Christmas bonuses, we're apt to be right back in 49th.
We've let this 46th go to our heads, I'm afraid.
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He was referring to the four cent drawdown in the sales tax on grocery food.
hand, we are $20,000 or so that's in income per person statewide, mind you behind first place Connecticut. We are merely80 percent of the national average.
I know of no employer who called in any employee last year and said, "Hey, since the state is lowering the state tax on groceries, I'd like to give you a bigger raise than I would have otherwise."
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Arkansas also got a little kick from oil and gas royalties, a sector in which we've had a boomlet lately.
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