LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — On May 3, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) released the state revenue collection report for April, which was the largest month of revenue collection in state history.

According to a press release from the Governor’s office, revenue collection (net collection) in April totaled $1.125 billion, $345.7 million above April 2021 and $531.9 million above the state’s economic forecast for the month. This is also the first month in which overall collection reached $1 billion.

With two months remaining in Fiscal Year 2022, revenue collection is $987.9 million above the state’s annual forecast.

First, the state’s economy is booming, and the higher prices of consumer goods have increased the states revenue more than expected. Second, the national economic outlook has significant uncertainty, and there is a need for caution as we look at options for the end of the year surplus. Third, the taxpayers need and deserve at least a portion of the surplus to be returned to them because the state should not be generating this large of a surplus. As to the likelihood of a special session, the revenue report increases the possibility of one, but it is too early to make that decision. I do not anticipate calling a special session before June 30, 2022.

As to the need for a session because of the anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the Mississippi abortion case, it will be necessary to wait for the final ruling to know whether additional legislation will be needed. The draft decision leaked to the media would not require new laws to be passed since Arkansas has a ‘trigger’ law that would ban abortions except to save the life of the mother if Roe v. Wade is reversed.

Governor Asa Hutchinson

The April 2022 Monthly Report can be viewed here.