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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Arkansas Taxpayers

Griffin: ‘President Biden can’t stop Arkansas from cutting taxes … I will continue to push back against federal overreach’

LITTLE ROCK – Following an opinion issued this afternoon by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit regarding American Rescue Plan monies received by Arkansas, Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement:

“President Biden can’t stop Arkansas from cutting taxes for hard working Arkansans. This afternoon’s Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision makes that crystal clear. Along with West Virginia and Alabama, my office is proud to have co-led a multistate lawsuit to block a provision of the American Rescue Plan that barred States receiving federal COVID relief money from cutting taxes. I want to say a special thanks to my Solicitor General Nick Bronni and his team who worked so hard on this case. As Arkansas’s Attorney General, I will continue to push back against federal overreach.”

To read the full opinion, please click here.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was elected Attorney General of Arkansas on November 8, 2022. 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. He also 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 25 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 Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the 81st Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 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.