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RESTRICTING BUSINESS FOR NO REASON: How Arkansas is reducing the number of firearms instructors

By David Ferguson When I hear about efforts to drive someone out of business, it is almost always a bunch of crazy liberals in some other state. For example, New York City keeps working to keep Walmart out; San Antonio is keeping Chick-fil-a out of their airport, colleges are banning Chick-fil-a too; and stricter gun laws have led some firearms manufactures to flee liberal s…

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“High-Tax Roadshow” Coming Near You

High-Tax Roadshow” Coming Near You The Arkansas Highway Commission announced it will have a series of twelve meetings across the state to sell you on the need to pass Issue #1 which is a one-half percent (0.05%) sales tax to be used for highways and roads.  They said they will also be listening to the public’s suggestions on how to use the extra tax money.[i] Here are 10 things you…

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Manage the Church Budget – Manage the State Budget

By David Ferguson Last Sunday during church it was announced that the church had a budget problem. Over the past few years the church’s expenditures had been greater than the amount of contributions from the congregation. Because of reserves, the church wasn’t in financial trouble yet, but action needed to be taken. What do you think was announced next? A never-ending stewardship campa…

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CRAZY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR A REPUBLICAN

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Governor Asa Hutchinson has as far as elections and if you are a conservative, you won’t like them. Okay, he didn’t call them “resolutions.” Instead he called them his “priorities’ for 2020 … same thing. ASA’S RESOLUTION #1. Governor Hutchinson says his top priority for elections in 2020 is to pass ISSUE #1 which would impose a permanent one-half percen…

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Taxing Your Christmas

Every year many Arkansans go into debt because of Christmas spending.  There can be lots of expenses that come with celebrating the holiday – gifts for others, decorations to brighten your home, lots of food and desserts for family gatherings, and travel expenses. Some scrimp and save and go without during the year yet still end up in debt at the end of the year. It would be better not…

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Collateral Damage In Passing A Tax Increase

Did you see the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about the new water usage tax on car washes? The new law is an administrative nightmare. Here is a link to the story. How could the Arkansas General Assembly make such a mess out of how car washes are taxed? The car wash tax change was tucked into broad legislation dealing with several other taxes. In other words, the car wash tax probably didn…

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Who Will Endorse Tax?

Governor Asa Hutchinson says his top priority for 2020 is to pass ISSUE #1 which would impose a permanent one-half percent (0.50%) sales tax to be used for highways and roads. What he doesn’t want you to think about is: Arkansas’ sales tax is one of the highest in the nationIn 2019 Arkansas passed gas and diesel fuel tax increases for highwaysArkansas passed several other taxes in 2019Arkans…

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Why Don’t You Spend More Time Criticizing Democrats?

One of the complaints we hear is “Conduit spends its time criticizing Republicans and ignores the Democrats.” Mostly we hear this from the Republican politicians who vote like Democrats and don’t like being exposed. While Conduit disagrees strongly with the Democrat agenda, it is true most of our articles, both criticism and praise, focus on Republicans. And with good reason! Conduit’s focus is…

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ASA’S CRAZY POLL – People Prefer Higher Taxes

Governor Asa Hutchinson has been touting his internal survey that says you want to keep your taxes high. According to the Governor’s internal survey, 62% of the 800 Arkansans polled support or lean towards supporting a one-half percent (0.50%) sales tax for highways and roads.[i] The Governor is selling his tax (Issue #1) by claiming it is merely the continuation of a tax. Do you want to pay a…

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The “No Tax Pledge” – Did It Mean Anything?

The Americans For Tax Reform urges lawmakers across the country to sign a pledge to oppose and vote against any effort to increase taxes. We applaud their effort. But what has been the result in Arkansas? You might think there would be a long list of politicians eager to sign the “No Tax Pledge” since the Republican Party is the majority party in Arkansas. WRONG. Despite the Arkansas Republi…

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