Arkansas Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Taxes

AUGUST 1, 2005 - Posted at 7:29 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On the subject of taxing groceries, gubernatorial candidates Democrat Mike Beebe and Republican Asa Hutchinson had this to say in a recent newspaper questionnaire.  Beebe noted that when he was in the Arkansas Senate, he voted to repeal the sales tax on food and medicine.  He called the tax the most regressive tax in the state but said it should be repealed without resulting in cuts to vital state services.

Hutchinson urged more restraint upon the part of the state Legislature in passing taxes and said he favored requiring a supermajority vote in the Legislature to raise sales taxes, just as is currently required to increase income taxes.  Hutchinson says it's a good idea not to tax the necessities of life.

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