House Conservatives Concede Need to Raise Taxes

April 30, 2003
Posted at: 3:57 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Members of a group of conservatives in the House who have conceded the need to raise taxes apparently can't agree yet on which tax to increase.

The same group had blocked adoption of a state budget because they were opposed to tax hikes.

Plans by a coalition of House conservatives to unveil a new revenue-enhancement proposal this week fell through when members could not agree whether to back a retail tobacco tax, a wholesale tobacco tax, a sale tax increase of up to one-fourth of a cent or any combination of new levies.

How to raise new revenue for Medicaid and prisons in a new state budget will be the main issue in a special legislative session that begins Monday.

Governor Huckabee says he is open to any number of plans to raise enough revenue to keep state services from being cut.

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