Tax liens on parade | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tax liens on parade

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM

The parade of tax deadbeats continues, with a report in the Democrat-Gazette on Q. Byrum Hurst's multiple tax deficiencies. The 4th District congressional candidate has a long list. One of his Democratic opponents, D.C. Morrison, also found himself on the wrong end of a tax deficiency filing once. These reports add to recent woes of Sen. Joyce Elliott.

It is a familiar tale in public life. You wonder why others don't do as 1st District Democratic candidate congressional Scott Ellington did — get out in front of the record when they know one exists. He volunteered a past tax deficiency on announcing in that race.

A quick check of tax liens mentions in the Arkansas Times and memory recalls, among others, a community-beloved multi-millionaire, a former gubernatorial candidate (Republican), a circuit judge (non-partisan), a lawyer later elected prosecutor (Republican), a Republican who sued over state officials' publicly provided cars, a current state legislator (Republican), a former state legislator (Democrat), a former state legislator and attorney general candidate (Republican), a political activist working to defeat Sen. Mark Pryor, a candidate for sheriff. Throw in bankruptcies and unpaid medical bills and you'd add a sitting Republican congressman to the list of occasional deadbeats.

Sloppy bookkeeping all, at a minimum (although it's possible the government can make mistakes, believe it or not). Some deserve stronger criticism for failure to pay when the issue is not taxes owed on their own income or property, but money they withheld from employees' paychecks or from sales revenues. They collected money from others and then spent it on themselves. This can start to sound like theft rather than a case of the shorts.

The interesting thing is how many public officials have been elected before, during or after publicized tax problems.

Tags: , ,


Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Today's the day for landlord-tenant bill UPDATE Another defeat

    Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould) says he will present his HB 1410 to provide protection to renters at a committee meeting after adjournment today. The bill will incorporate changes suggested by the Arkansas Realtors Assocviation, but that powerful lobby still won't support the bill. UPDATE: the bill fell one vote short.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • Headlines and the open line

    A busy legislature leads the day's video news roundup. Here's the open line.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • Senate committee approves tobacco tax bill with income tax cut

    The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee this morning endorsed Sen. Jim Hendren's SB 571 to provide an income tax cut for low-income people and make up the revenue loss with an increase in the tax on cigarettes and other smoking products.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation