January 2023
Survey Results: What You Said
We asked readers after the election for their feedback on our 2022 Arkansas Ballot Issue Education materials. We received responses from people living in 24 counties. Thank you!

  • 98% of respondents trust us as a source of unbiased information on the ballot issues.

  • 98% said they trust the accuracy of our ballot issue information.

  • 95% said they would seek out our voter guide again in the future.

  • 80% said they shared the voter guide with other people.
  • 66% said they shared the newsletter with another person in 2022.

  • 45% said they knew we offered presentations on the ballot issues.
Behind the Scenes: Our Process
We asked readers about how we are doing in providing you information about Arkansas ballot issues. What a great response. Your thoughts inspired this section, which shares some of the behind-the-scenes process of the effort that goes into publishing our voter guide and other voter education materials.

Where are we? We are located in Little Rock at the Cooperative Extension Service state office on University Avenue near UA-Little Rock. We are part of the Community, Professional and Economic Development unit at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

What is our process for ballot issue education? We are in the early stage of the 2024 Arkansas Ballot Issue Education program. The legislature is currently meeting and we're taking note of any proposed constitutional amendment they file. We frequently contact election staff at the Secretary of State's Office to ask what proposed amendments or state laws have been filed with them. We also watch the Arkansas Ethics Commission website for new filings. We share new information in this newsletter.

Do we offer similar voter guides about candidates? No. While we recognize there is a need for neutral sources of information about candidates, our mission focuses on the who, what, how, etc. of all ballot issues that affect the daily lives of Arkansans.
PPC In the Media
Below is a selection of recent Public Policy Center media coverage:
Magnolia Reporter

For several years in a row, Arkansas’ minimum wage rose on New Year’s Day as part of a gradual increase approved by voters in two statewide elections. The Magnolia Reporter published our January blog post about the minimum wage in Arkansas, and how the hourly rate will stay the same without action from legislators or another statewide ballot issue.

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The Public Policy Center was established in 2004 to provide Arkansans with timely, credible, unaligned and research-based information and education about public issues. Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences.

Our goals are to:
  • Increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues;
  • Enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues, and
  • Help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues.

We are part of the Community, Professional and Economic Development unit at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock.

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