Are Nurse Practitioners The Solution To Arkansas’s Doctor Shortage?


David Mitchell, director of the Arkansas Center for Research In Economics, spoke to legislators earlier this week about the many salutary effects of granting more professional independence to nurse practitioners. As Mitchell testified Monday at the Joint Performance Review committee, state law disallows nurse practitioners in Arkansas from serving primary care patients … [Read more...]

Study: Arkansas “Among The Worst” In Nation For Civil Forfeiture

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Report cards on the 50 states’ civil forfeiture laws are out today from the Institute for Justice -- and Arkansas scored near the bottom of the class. Arkansas earned a D- for its civil forfeiture laws, which “fail to protect property rights and give law enforcement a strong financial incentive to take property—100 percent of the proceeds,” according to the report. Civil … [Read more...]

The 2016 Cycle In Arkansas Has Officially Begun

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The 2016 election cycle officially commenced today in Arkansas, with candidates filing paperwork to run for state and national offices at the state Capitol. The Arkansas Project was on hand to chat with a couple of the first-time candidates. Shawn Strouss was the first Republican to officially file to run for the District 57 House seat in Paragould. The seat is currently … [Read more...]

STUDY: Pre-K Benefits Way Overhyped


The benefits of creating a new pre-kindergarten program have been greatly oversold by progressive advocates -- according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. The study examines the voluntary pre-K (TNVPK)  program created by Tennessee in 1996 -- and expanded by Tennessee legislators in 2005 -- at a cost of $85 million to the state’s taxpayers. Many pre-K advocates … [Read more...]

Will A Recent Supreme Court Decision Help Lighten Arkansas’s Regulatory Load?


As we’ve reported previously, the people of Arkansas are the second most burdened in the nation -- when it comes to the “average education or experience required” to get a license to work. Fortunately, a recent Supreme Court decision -- North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners vs. Federal Trade Commission -- could give average Arkansans relief from onerous government … [Read more...]