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.