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Essential Arkansas Rankings

Essential Arkansas Rankings

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The Mercatus Institute has compiled policy rankings in the fiscal, regulatory, economic, personal freedom, overall freedom, education, and other fields. This quick data sheet shows how Arkansas stands compared to our surrounding states.
The Mercatus Institute has compiled policy rankings in the fiscal, regulatory, economic, personal freedom, overall freedom, education, and other fields. This quick data sheet shows how Arkansas stands compared to our surrounding states.

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Arkansas Data Quick Reference Sheet
Fiscal Policy Ranking
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State Rank Fiscal Freedom
Arkansas ......................... 33
rd
.................................. -0.04%
Louisiana ........................ 29
th
................................... -0.02%
Mississippi ...................... 22
nd
................................... 0.02%
Missouri ......................... 6
th
..................................... 0.19%
Oklahoma ....................... 11
th
................................... 0.11%
Tennessee ...................... 3
rd
..................................... 0.25%
Texas .............................. 4
th
..................................... 0.22%


Regulatory Policy Ranking
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State Rank Regulatory Freedom
Arkansas ......................... 41
st
.................................... -.011%
Louisiana ........................ 25
th
................................... 0.01%
Mississippi ...................... 34
th
................................... -0.05%
Missouri ......................... 22
nd
................................... 0.02%
Oklahoma ....................... 21
st
.................................... 0.03%
Tennessee ...................... 28
th
................................... -0.01%
Texas .............................. 27
th
................................... 0.00%


Economic Freedom Ranking
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State Rank Economic Freedom
Arkansas ......................... 39
th
................................... -0.148%
Louisiana ........................ 28
th
................................... -0.012%
Mississippi ...................... 30
th
................................... -0.032%
Missouri ......................... 9
th
..................................... 0.210%
Oklahoma ....................... 17
th
................................... 0.144%
Tennessee ...................... 8
th
..................................... 0.225%
Texas .............................. 7
th
..................................... 0.225%


Personal Freedom Ranking
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State Rank Personal Freedom
Arkansas ......................... 4
th
..................................... .0.125%
Louisiana ........................ 40
th
................................... -0.098%
Mississippi ...................... 22
nd
................................... 0.027%
Missouri ......................... 6
th
..................................... 0.110%
Oklahoma ....................... 27
th
................................... -0.002%
Tennessee ...................... 18
th
................................... 0.059%
Texas .............................. 5
th
..................................... 0.121%


1
http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf
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http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf
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http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf
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http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf


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Arkansas Data Quick Reference Sheet
Overall Freedom Ranking
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State Rank Overall Freedom
Arkansas ......................... 29
th
................................... -0.023%
Louisiana ........................ 34
th
................................... -0.110%
Mississippi ...................... 25
th
................................... -0.004%
Missouri ......................... 6
th
..................................... 0.320%
Oklahoma ....................... 18
th
................................... 0.143%
Tennessee ...................... 7
th
..................................... 0.284%
Texas .............................. 5
th
..................................... 0.346%


ALEC Education Ranking
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State Rank Education Policy Grade
Arkansas ............................ 45
th
................................ C
Louisiana ............................ 49
th
................................ B-
Mississippi ......................... 48
th
................................ C
Missouri ............................. 47
th
................................ A-
Oklahoma ........................... 43
rd
................................ B
Tennessee ......................... 44
th
................................ C
Texas ................................. 11
th
................................ C+

Arkansas Ranks 34
th
In Student Achievement With A Grade Letter Of D, And 44
th
In Students’ Chance
For Success, Receiving A C-Minus. (Arkansas News Bureau, 1/16/12)


Sales and Local Sales Tax Rates as of January 1, 2012
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State Rank Combined Rate
Arkansas ................................ 6 ......................................... 8.58%
Louisiana ............................... 3 ......................................... 8.85%
Mississippi ............................. 19 ....................................... 7.00%
Missouri ................................ 14 ....................................... 7.49%
Oklahoma .............................. 5 ......................................... 8.66%
Tennessee ............................. 1 ......................................... 9.45%
Texas ..................................... 11 ....................................... 8.24%











5
http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Freedom_in_the_50_States.pdf
6
http://www.alec.org/publications/report-card-on-american-education/
7
http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-and-local-sales-tax-rates-january-1-2012


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Arkansas Data Quick Reference Sheet
State Tax Collections Per Capita, 2010
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State Rank Collections Per Capita
Arkansas ......................... 1
st
...................................... $2,502
Louisiana ........................ 36
th
................................... $1,938
Mississippi ...................... 31
st
.................................... $2,115
Missouri ......................... 44
th
................................... $1,623
Oklahoma ....................... 37
th
................................... $1,893
Tennessee ...................... 43
rd
................................... $1,661
Texas .............................. 48
th
................................... $1,574



Income Per Capita, 2010
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State Rank Income Per Capita
Arkansas ......................... 44
th
................................... $32,678
Louisiana ........................ 28
th
................................... $37,021
Mississippi ...................... 50
th
................................... $31,046
Missouri ......................... 29
th
................................... $36,965
Oklahoma ....................... 34
th
................................... $35,396
Tennessee ...................... 37
th
................................... $34,955
Texas .............................. 27
th
................................... $37,706


State and Local Tax Burden, 2009
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State Rank Tax Burden Per Capita
Arkansas .............. 14
th
......................... 9.9% ........................ $3,281
Louisiana ............. 42
nd
......................... 8.2% ........................ $3,037
Mississippi ........... 36
th
.......................... 8.7% ........................ $2,678
Missouri .............. 34
th
.......................... 9.0% ........................ $3,425
Oklahoma ............ 43
rd
.......................... 8.7% ........................ $3,259
Tennessee ........... 47
th
.......................... 8.2% ........................ $2,752
Texas ................... 48
th
.......................... 7.9% ........................ $3,197


License to Work: Burdens from Occupational Licensing
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State Most Burdensome Rank Most Extreme and Onerously Licensed State Rank
Arkansas ................................ 2
nd
........................................................................ 5
th

Louisiana ............................... 43
rd
....................................................................... 8
th

Mississippi ............................. 45
th
....................................................................... 18
th

Missouri ................................ 35
th
....................................................................... 47
th

Oklahoma .............................. 11
th
....................................................................... 41
st

Tennessee ............................. 34
th
....................................................................... 13
th

Texas ..................................... 17
th
...................................................................... 32
nd


8
http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-tax-collections-capita-fiscal-year-2010
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http://taxfoundation.org/article/income-capita-state-fiscal-year-2010
10
http://taxfoundation.org/state-tax-climate
11
http://licensetowork.ij.org

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