Send a message to Arkansas Department of Transportation (AR DOT): Vote “NO” on November 3, 2020 on Ballot Issue 1
Stand your ground, voters! No sales tax increases allowed!
Arkansas’ state and local sales tax is ranked one of the highest in the U.S.
A “no” vote on Ballot Issue 1 opposes continuing the 0.5% sales tax that was authorized in 2012, thereby allowing the tax to expire once the bond debt is repaid in 2023.
Read Ballot Issue 1 here.
Attention, taxpayers! This ballot measure is in our general election, November 3, 2020. If passed, Issue 1 will make a half-percent (0.5%) statewide sales tax permanent! This tax increase will remain in place forever once voters decide and could be used for road work with “other” detailed plans in mind. The word “other” is extremely vague. What would they use the funds for next?
STOP THE SPENDING!
The pet project on Governor Hutchinson’s list for 2020 is the I-30 Corridor Project from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (AR DOT). Here is an Arkansas Online article written in March of this year. Officials said in June that the $350 million for 30 Crossing would be part of $3.6 billion that could be set aside to advance or complete capital and congestion-relief projects over 20 years if Issue 1 is approved.
Did you know that the state legislature recommended this unwelcome proposal to us because the governor requested that his squad get behind it?
Taxpayer, beware! Secure Arkansas believes that Arkansas government should be limited on their spending, dear reader! Don’t you? Regrettably, our cunning government, namely, Governor Asa Hutchinson, allowed money allotted for our Arkansas roads to be redirected for college grants by going after the interest paid on our highway funds, and the highway commission decided on who would receive that taxpayer money! So, $1 million was rerouted as grant money for colleges? Guess which college got ALL the grant-money? The University of Arkansas (U of A) got one million dollars… for research! Sadly, here’s the deceptive legislative bill that was passed in 2017 to allow for this underhanded scheming. Moreover, in 2017, ACT 705 created a NEW fund to redirect $500,000 per year from the interest off highway revenues to the Future Transportation Research Fund. This misguided NEW fund will continually be paid out for college grants each year.
How will the overburdened taxpayer ever get ahead if the legislature can create new avenues for collecting and dumping our money? Haven’t we had enough economic hardship this year?
We should also note that Internet sales taxes are already bringing in a lot of money for the state, counties, and cities. All internet sellers are to collect sales tax for the state on all products sold, and sales tax collection has increased since that began. State officials estimate that the online sales-tax provisions will raise about $35 million a year more for the state and about $11 million more a year for cities and counties.
Today, taxes are overwhelming most people in the country. Doesn’t the government already have enough tax money to play with these days? Tax revenues keep growing, but spending is at an all-time, dangerous high.
Do not forget that Arkansans had a fuel tax hike, also! (Secure Arkansas would like to add that if the taxpayers fail to be diligent about watching for these sales tax increases, we will soon see that motorists will find it too expensive to travel.) Taxes eat into our budgets and causes a lower standard of living!
In closing, let’s send a message to our Arkansas government this November. Vote “no” to stop the spending! We do NOT want this permanent sales tax added to our state constitution this November.
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