Ripe for Reform

This report examines how Arkansas has advanced community- and family- friendly policies in recent years through Republican and Democrat administrations including major improvements in education, expansion of children’s health care, maintaining a balanced budget and key social services thru two severe recessions, and making the state tax system more fair to low-income families. Barth argues that Arkansas’s ability to take on big policy problems is a tremendous opportunity for the state to advance and serve as a model for other states, but warns that this trend is in jeopardy now as Arkansas’s political discourse becomes more polarized.

Executive Summary

Clinton School for Public Service presentation of the Ripe for Reform report by Dr. Jay Barth, and panel discussion with Dr. Barth, Sen. Joyce Elliott, Rex Nelson and Rep. Darrin Williams.