On Tax Day, Attorney General Rutledge Signs the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge and Vows to Eliminate the State Income Tax in Arkansas

May 17, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Today, Tax Day 2021, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to show Arkansas voters she will work toward strong, common-sense proposals such as eliminating the state income tax to bring economic prosperity to Arkansas. The pledge is also a promise that as governor, Rutledge will oppose any new tax increases at the state or federal level. 

“I stand firm that this is a contract with Arkansas voters demonstrating my commitment to not only stop any future tax increases, but also eliminate the state income tax altogether,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Over the last 6 years, Arkansas has taken significant steps to reduce the tax burden including cutting the top marginal income tax rate from 6.9 to 5.9 percent in 2019. All of state government must use the same fiscal discipline that I have incorporated at the Attorney General’s office where I have cut the budget more than 10%, helped more Arkansans in need, and saved taxpayers millions of dollars by eliminating fraud and waste. Join me in putting more money back into the pockets of Arkansans.” 

Arkansas being ranked 46th in current economic opportunity is unacceptable. Neighboring states like Texas and Tennessee have already phased out their state income taxes and have experienced growth. Eliminating the state income tax will make Arkansas more attractive to job creators, job seekers, and retirees. 

From soaring gas prices to threats of tax increases at every level from the Biden Administration, it is vital to keep a strong conservative as Governor. Rutledge has already been fighting the Biden Administration on the frontlines as Attorney General and will continue fighting for Arkansas as Governor.