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In the News: Griffin’s Tax Idea Makes Big Splash

December 28, 2020

In the News: Griffin's Tax Idea Makes Big Splash

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin recently proposed phasing out Arkansas's income tax, and the idea has received positive reception from national taxpayer advocacy groups like Americans for Tax Reform and the Tax Foundation. 

Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation recently highlighted Lt. Governor Griffin's call to phase out Arkansas's income tax. Below are some of the excerpts from that piece, which can be read here

"Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin recently announced his goal for the state to eliminate its income tax...Lt. Governor Griffin's desire to make the Arkansas tax code more competitive is praiseworthy. Currently, Arkansas ranks 45th overall on the Tax Foundation's 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index, so the state has a long way to go before it becomes the tax envy of its neighbors.

In short, Lt. Governor Griffin's goal to eliminate the income tax is a commendable one that should be considered with cautious optimism...In the meantime, there is plenty of space for incremental improvements in Arkansas's income tax that will make the state more competitive."

Americans for Tax Reform

Americans for Tax Reform included Lt. Governor Griffin's no-income tax proposal in its annual "2020 Naughty and Nice List." The article and full list can be viewed here

About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.


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