WHAT'S MISSING IN THIS PICTURE? When Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a tax cut for the wealthy, this was the crowd. No poor folks on hand cheering.

Again Arkansas is an outlier. Gov. Asa Hutchinson yesterday signed an income tax cut for the rich. It’s bracketed today by results of a national survey that shows broad national support — including among Republicans — for higher taxes for the wealthy. Here, we’re robbing public services to comfort the rich.

That is about all (though I have more to come from another commentator.)


But one more thing: Why won’t the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette mention, in its boilerplate recitation of the tax changes, that 73 percent of the tax cut is going to 1 percent of taxpayers, those making more than $456,000? It should also mention that the effect of this tax cut, 95 percent to those making more than $200,000, is a cumulative tax cut in dollars equal to that given 1 MILLION lower-income Arkansas taxpayers in previous skimpy tax cuts for the poor.

One example from that national survey on a higher marginal tax rate for the wealthy (almost double the top rate now) while Arkansas just gave the rich a 14 percent income tax cut: