What’s NOT the Matter with Kansas and Arkansas?


Kansas and Arkansas are not big on subsidy transparency, but they are now represented for the first time in Good Jobs First’s Subsidy Tracker database. Using open records requests, we obtained data on nine corporate tax credit programs in Arkansas and two training programs in Kansas. This leaves only three states—Mississippi, Nevada and South Carolina—with no data in Subsidy Tracker. We are trying to obtain unpublished data from them as well.

The Kansas and Arkansas additions are part of the latest expansion of Subsidy Tracker: 20 new programs from a total of seven states. One of those states is Oregon, which recently began to post information on corporate tax credits pursuant to legislation enacted last year as the result of efforts by groups such as OSPIRG.

Subsidy Tracker now has more than 118,000 entries from 298 programs in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Below is a list of the latest programs added to the database.

Arizona: Arizona Competes Fund
Arkansas: Advantage Arkansas Income Tax Credits
Arkansas: ArkPlus Income Tax Credit
Arkansas: Create Rebate Program
Arkansas: Economic Investment Tax Credit
Arkansas: InvestArk Sales and Use Tax Credits
Arkansas: Sales and Use Tax Refund for Targeted Business
Arkansas: Targeted Business In-House Research Credits
Arkansas: Targeted Business Payroll Credits
Arkansas: TaxBack Sales and Use Tax Refunds
Kansas: Kansas Industrial Retraining
Kansas: Kansas Industrial Training
New Mexico: Film Investment Program
North Carolina: Industrial Development Fund
North Carolina: Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund
North Carolina: Site Infrastructure Development Fund
Oregon: Employer Workforce Training Fund
Oregon: Greenlight Oregon Labor Rebate
Oregon: Oregon Investment Advantage Program
Rhode Island: Comprehensive Workforce Training Grants

One Response to “What’s NOT the Matter with Kansas and Arkansas?”

  1. Brent Pittman Says:

    Both the Republican and Democrat parties are going in the wrong direction. To SAVE the US entrepreneurial ranking, credit rating, stock market, the $, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and the police, fire, k-12 public school, library, military, defense and homeland security budgets while CUTTING government spending, debt and present tax rates without causing inflation or high interest rates; both State and Federal parties would be winners if they would compromise with the following strategies:

    Create good paying American jobs with good benefits for American citizens by repealing all IN sales taxes, corporate tax cuts (25%) and inheritance tax cuts and replace the lost revenue with an import tax/tariff on imported labor (India) & manufactured goods (Mexico and Communist China, North Korea & Vietnam). Increase the federal income tax deduction from $5700 (2010) to $15000 for American citizens. Increase the IN state income tax exemption for non-dependent adults from $1000 to $5000, up to $15,000; depending on disabilities and age. All standard deductions and exemptions should be adjusted for inflation. Collect an export tax on natural resources/commodities such as coal, oil, natural gas & grains.

    Repeal all wealthy individual, business and new development/construction tax incentives such as tax abatement, tax increment financing, grants, deductions, credits, tax free bonds, earmarks, loopholes and other corporate welfare that are shifting business costs and taxes to other taxpayers, exporting American jobs or creating poverty wage American jobs. OR, require these corporate welfare kings to pay a living wage, minimum wage of $15/hour with good benefits; adjusted for inflation. Repeal IN “right to work legislation”. Collect mandatory impact fees (IN code: 36-7-4-1300, only infrastructure today); but, expand the code to collect impact fees for schools, libraries, parks, police and fire. Search for Brent Pittman Brownsburg, IN at flyergroup.com, LinkedIn.com and google.com for more information and details.

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