April 29, 2003
Posted at: 2:43 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says he will not be picky about how the Legislature raises revenue cover money shortages for Medicaid and prisons for the next two years.
Huckabee said Tuesday he is open to any and all tax proposals in the special session he has set to begin April 25.
Huckabee says talks have not produced agreement on what taxes should be raised. But the governor says there is a consensus among lawmakers that new taxes will be necessary to cover a shortfall expected to exceed $200 million each year.
He says that should be enough of an incentive for legislators to cover the state's essential needs. If not, Huckabee says state officials need to know now so they can begin planning for deep cuts in services that would go into effect July 1.