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  1. ​State Capitol Week in Review: 2011 Legislative Highlights ​

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    January 8, 2012 by Sue Madison

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    The highlight of state government news for 2011 came when the Arkansas legislature lowered state tax rates by $35 million a year. The tax cut package includes tax relief for consumers in Act 755, which lowers the sales tax on groceries by half a cent, cutting state revenue by $20 million a year. Another tax cut for consumers is Act 757 to make the first weekend in August a “back to school” sales tax holiday on clothing items costing less than $100 and accessories less than $50. No state sales tax is collected on school supplies that weekend. State revenue officials predicted it would save consumers more than $2 million. The legislature extended tax relief to buyers of used cars, by raising the exemption threshold. Previously, you had to pay sales tax on a used car purchase of up to $2,500 and now you don’t have to pay unless the car costs more than $4,000. This will save Arkansans an estimated $2.5 million a year. Act 754, also passed by the legislature in 2011, will lower utility taxes for manufacturers by $5.27 million. Prisons: Arkansas lawmakers will keep close track of Act 570, a 167-page law passed in 2011 that …

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  2. Fewer Juveniles in Jail, More Funds for Elderly Research

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    September 28, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Last year 481 juveniles were committed to state custody in a secure detention facility. That is down from the previous year, when 531 youths were committed to a detention facility and significantly lower than the year before, when 636 youths were committed.

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  3. Common Core Standards Are Introduced

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    September 1, 2011 by Sue Madison

    With the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, Arkansas has begun the transition toward teaching national mathematics and English curricula known as Common Core State Standards.

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  4. Conservative Framing Doesn’t Make Sense

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    August 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    So-called Conservatives are very good at inventing story-lines, names, and slogans. They provide simple explanations for those who prefer simple answers. Nowhere is this truer than with economic issues.

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  5. New Criteria for Academic Distress

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    August 25, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Several members of the state Board of Education suggested newer and tougher standards for determining whether an Arkansas school district should be classified as being in academic distress.

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  6. Improvements Coming to State Hospital

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    August 21, 2011 by Sue Madison

    The State Hospital has agreed to a far-reaching improvement plan that will keep federal funding of the facility intact for the next year.

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  7. Arkansas’ Tourism Revenue Sees Small Increase

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    August 6, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Tourism’s contribution to the Arkansas economy increased about 1.4 percent last year, from $5.38 billion to $5.45 billion. The number of visitors to the state actually went down slightly, but their spending was up.

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