Governor-Elect Beebe Says He's Working on Phasing Out Grocery Tax

NOVEMBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorney General Mike Beebe, who becomes Arkansas' governor in January, says he's already working on how quickly the state will be able to phase out its six-cent tax on groceries.  That was one of the Democrat's key proposals during his campaign.

In his first news conference since winning Tuesday's election, the northeast Arkansas native (Jackson Co.) said the question remaining on eliminating the tax is whether to phase it out in specified amounts at a time, or pass legislation that would phase out the tax using a formula tied to revenue growth.

Beebe said he plans to meet with Republican Governor Mike Huckabee soon to talk about the transition and said he doesn't have any hard feelings toward Huckabee.  Huckabee campaigned for GOP gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson and called Beebe a better follower than a leader.

Beebe says the campaign's over, and he wants to set a tone to bring people together.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)