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Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 24

During the recent special legislative session on education reform, the Arkansas General Assembly passed one of the largest tax increases in the state’s history. It raised over $380 million in new tax revenue, mostly through a 7/8ths cent increase...

Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 23

When the General Assembly meets in its special session on education reform, one of the funding options it will seriously consider is a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. While this would raise significant revenue for education ($360-$370...

Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 21

When the Arkansas General Assembly convenes in December to reform the state’s education system, they will have tough choices to make about how to pay for these reforms (estimated at $847 million). One of the options the legislature will...

Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 20

According to a recent study by the Joint Committee on Educational Adequacy, it will cost $847 million to reform the Arkansas education system and provide an adequate education for the state’s children (not counting the cost of new school...

Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 19

In December, the Arkansas General Assembly will convene in a special session to develop plan for reforming education (and finding the funds to implement the plan) in response to a 2002 Arkansas Supreme Court mandate in the Lake View...

Paycheck$ and Politics Newsletter: Issue 18

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) believes that any plan for raising new revenue to pay for education reform should be based on core beliefs and guiding principles. This plan should be realistic, allow the state to provide...