House members are now preparing for the fourth week of the 2019 Regular Session. We are expecting to review and possibly vote on big issues such as tax cuts and teacher salaries. The Governor’s tax cut proposal has now been filed. This bill will start in the Senate. SB211 would cut the state’s top individual income tax rate from 6.9% to 5.9%. The reduction would be phased-in over a two year period.
Other tax cut proposals are expected to be filed. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee will hear details of any tax proposal and vote on the matter before legislation goes to the House floor for a vote. Meanwhile, the House Public Transportation Committee recently heard testimony on the needs for our state highway system. The director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation told the committee that the agency maintains more than 16,000 miles of highway and more than 7,300 bridges. Arkansas has the 12th largest highway system in the country. However, our state comes in 42nd in highway revenue per mile.
Various proposals addressing funding have been filed and more are expected.
We have posted the presentation to the Transportation committee on our website. The presentation breaks down how much additional revenue could be gained through various proposals such as increases in gasoline tax, registration fees, and extensions of existing sales tax. Another big issue to be addressed in the 4th week of the session will be teacher salaries. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, USA – Representative Carol Dalby issued a call to help flood victims in Northeast Arkansas yesterday on her Facebook Page. Assistance is needed for the Northeast Arkansas Flood victims in several areas. Dalby is the District 1 Representative for the Arkansas House of Representatives. Dalby has joined with many of representatives and senators, including Senator Jimmy Hickey, to issue this call for assistance. Former Arkansas House of Representative and Former Arkansas Highway Commissioner Mary “Prissy” Hickerson is also helping with the campaign. Representative Dalby’s message in it’s entirety is here:
As you know, NEArkansas has been devastated by flooding. Continue Reading →
At the home of Curt and Diane Green, Carol Dalby kicked off her first “Meet and Greet” to a full house. Continue Reading →
Discussion about purchasing needed but unbudgeted computer systems prompts a discussion of whether to plan now or later to apportion the cost. Continue Reading →
Was Bowie County’s Legal Advisor correct when she told the Court they couldn’t remove someone for being disruptive? We asked an outside expert on county law. Continue Reading →
Judge Lacy was “in violation,” and the Court can decide how to interpret the law – sometimes. It was an interesting day in Bowie County Commissioners Court. Continue Reading →
Several county officials have neglected to provide the Court with legally-required monthly and annual reports. The Financial Advisory Committee suggests you “just forget” that. Continue Reading →
It seems Bowie County would benefit from a new auditor, and a fresh, detailed look at how our finances have been managed. What do you think? Continue Reading →
County Auditor William Tye’s estimates of cash on hand as of October 1 have varied by over $5 million. Continue Reading →
At least two county employees have already been laid off to comply with the Court’s salary cuts. Judge Lacy wants to find the cuts elsewhere. Continue Reading →