Legislators Say Time is Right for Eliminating Grocery Tax

SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 4:40 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two legislators said today that an effort to eliminate the six-cent sales tax on food may have its best chance in years due to support from both the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial campaigns.

State Senator Bobby Glover told colleagues that he plans to introduce legislation next year to eliminate the sales tax on food over a four-year period beginning in July.

Glover is the second lawmaker this year to call for phasing out the tax, and he said a focus on eliminating the tax by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe and Republican Asa Hutchinson shows there's momentum for the proposal.

Beebe has said he wants to phase out the grocery tax over time and Hutchinson has said he wants to eliminate the tax outright.

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