Beebe Warns of Possible "Battle" Ahead on Grocery Tax Repeal

NOVEMBER 30, 2006 - Posted at 11:19 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor-elect Mike Beebe says he expects a battle in the Legislature to develop a plan to do away with the sales tax on food.

While addressing a group of children's advocates today, Beebe asked for their support in getting of the tax.

Legislators have already pre-filed bills with competing ways to eliminate the tax.

In a speech yesterday, Beebe promised members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau that eliminating the grocery tax wouldn't mean the end of tax exemptions for farm products.  Today, he said "You can't believe the number of people who are opposed to providing tax relief on the most basic and regressive tax we have."

The state projects it will have a $483 million surplus for the next two years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)