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Arkansas offers 43 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Arkansas number 43, the 34th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Arkansas schools get 39.2% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

More than 39 percent of Arkansas public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 29th highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Arkansas reach $3.1 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Arkansas amount to $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019 and the District of Columbia, the 32nd highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Arkansas averaged $50,544

Teachers’ salaries in Arkansas averaged $50,544 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 38th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Arkansas reach $2.1 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Arkansas amount to $2.1 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the 33rd highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arkansas’s public pensions are 79 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Arkansas’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 79 percent of the total, the 13th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Hot Springs’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Arkansas

The Hot Springs metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Arkansas, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Arkansas earns grade of C for manufacturing health

Arkansas received a grade of C on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Saline County’s $2,939-per-month cost of living is the highest in Arkansas

Residents of Saline County need to make $2,939 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Arkansas.

Arkansas’s public pensions are 79.4% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Arkansas’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 79.4 percent of the total, the 10th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arkansas disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Arkansas is $26,561, study finds

College graduates in Arkansas have an average debt burden of $26,561, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Arkansas scores 69.5 out of 100 in litigation climate survey

Arkansas earned a score of 69.5 out of 100 in a new ranking of state litigation climates released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Arkansas ranks 5th lowest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Arkansas finished fifth lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Arkansas pension plans are 77% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Arkansas public pension plans stands at 77%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Phillips rated least livable among Arkansas counties, study finds

Phillips was ranked Arkansas’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

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