Governor's Slimmed Down "5.9% Plan" for $97 Million of Individual Rate Cuts Introduced

Governor Hutchinson announced his individual tax cuts plan today. It is a scaled down version of the 2%-4%-5.9% plan that the Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force had recommended. Essentially it retains Arkansas's unique three-bracket-schedules individual tax system and reforms the tax brackets only for the high-income bracket schedule. There are also some minor upward adjustments to the low- and middle-income bracket schedules. The 5.9% plan comes with a much-reduced fiscal impact: a $97 million reduction in revenue instead of a $192 million reduction. That could mean that the state can enact the business tax reforms needed for competitiveness sooner rather than later. [More]