Happy New Year: Your Taxes Just Went Up!

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The new year brings all kinds of excitement -- new beginnings, new resolutions, and new politicians. Oh and -- how could I forget -- new taxes! Heritage has a rundown of 13 new taxes that went into effect yesterday in 2013 that you'll be contending with on your upcoming tax returns.* One in particular -- the payroll tax increase -- will hit all Americans who earn a paycheck: Payroll Tax: increase in the Social Security portion of the payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent for workers. … [Read more...]

“I Want to Believe” This Isn’t Obamacare

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X-Files fans are familiar with the poster in Fox Mulder’s office. If you weren’t an X-files watcher, you probably don’t know that Mulder, an investigator of paranormal phenomena, gradually uncovered an interplanetary alien conspiracy to take over our planet. It’s a free country: people are entitled to believe in interplanetary alien conspiracies, or indeed to believe in whatever they want. But if Fox Mulder were in the Arkansas state senate, that would be a problem. When people who are state … [Read more...]

Medicaid Expansion Carries Hefty Price Tag for Arkansas Taxpayers

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There’s been a lot of talk about the wonders of Medicaid expansion from the Arkansas media and from Republican and Democratic policymakers, but there’s been very little attention paid to the real cost. I have previously written that the expansion could cost Arkansans up to an additional $148 million per year. Now, the Heritage Foundation has released a study that shows a more complete picture: As you can see, expansion will cost Arkansas taxpayers a net $665 million through 2022 and will … [Read more...]

10 Ways Obamacare Limits Patient Choice

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If, somehow, you’re still sorta undecided on that whole Obamacare thing, the Heritage Foundation has released a list of 10 ways that the health care monstrosity will limit patient choice (also known as “freedom”). One of the factors listed is Medicaid expansion: “Medicaid, the federal–state program that provides health care for the poor and disabled, often fails to ensure timely access to appropriate care because of low reimbursement. Obamacare will add at least 17 million Americans to the … [Read more...]

Marriage Reduces Child Poverty in Arkansas

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The following article is a guest post from Robert Rector,  a leading authority on poverty and the welfare system and a senior research fellow in domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation. He is author of the new report “Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty” with related papers and charts for Arkansas and the other states. The continuing collapse of marriage in America, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty. … [Read more...]

There Are Free Newsletters!

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The man who saved capitalism, Dr. Milton Friedman, is often quoted as saying, "There's no free lunch."  The good news for you: there are free newsletters! In case you were otherwise unaware, Advance Arkansas Institute distributes a weekly newsletter/policy digest that features articles from freedom-oriented think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute as well as rightward-leaning news organizations like National Review and Reason. To give you a taste, here are a few … [Read more...]