Last week, Opportunity Arkansas released a brand new poll of Arkansas voters. We asked them a series of questions about income tax cuts, how they'd like to see the state’s third-straight billion dollar-plus surplus used, and more.
Here are some of the most interesting takeaways:
- CASH BACK: 2 out of 3 Arkansas voters (65%) support using part of the state surplus to permanently reduce income tax rates, including half (50%) of Democrats and nearly 2/3 of independent voters (64%).
- CLEAR CHOICE: When given multiple options for how to spend the surplus, voters still choose income tax reductions, by a 17-point margin.
- KEEP IT COMING: A majority of voters (53%) also support using future surpluses for additional income tax cuts down the road (something for state policymakers to consider during the next regular session).
- FACTS MATTER: Key facts about income tax phaseout – like bringing good-paying jobs to Arkansas, helping small businesses, and providing relief to families who are struggling to make ends meet – increase support for the policy even more.
Voters also expressed support for a variety of cost savings proposals that could be implemented to reduce state income taxes, including curbing the growth of state government, reducing costly bureaucrat salaries, eliminating unnecessary government functions, and repealing certain sales tax exemptions.
The Arkansas legislature will reconvene for a special session on Monday, September 11, to consider additional income tax cuts, among other items.
You can read the full poll here.