States compete for population and jobs, and one would be hard-pressed to find a better example of this than in the city of Texarkana, which straddles the border between Arkansas and Texas. arkAfter Arkansas's increase in the state income tax in 1971, citizens of Texarkana began to jump the border to Texas, where they would not be forced to pay taxes on income or capital gains. In 1977, with the Arkansas side of the city devolving into a ghost town, Gov. David Pryor exempted the entire city from the income tax. Since that time, jobs and people have migrated back to Arkansas' Texarkana side, and the city has outperformed most other medium-sized Arkansas cities. This is a handy illustration of the power of tax competition for NTU’s nearly 3,200 members in Arkansas. Be sure to check back often to NTU’s Arkansas page for information on state and local taxpayer groups, links to our work on behalf of taxpayers in the state, and contact information for your lawmakers.


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