Legislators Return to Capitol Awaiting Budget, Tax Details

JANUARY 16, 2007 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators return from a three-day break today.

They expect to get specifics from Governor Beebe on his tax-cut plans and his proposed balanced budget.  Beebe so far has called for a three-cent cut in the state sales tax on groceries this year and $19 million more for education than what a legislative panel has already recommended.

The first week of the session last week was marked by ceremonies surrounding Beebe's inauguration and swearing in.  Senate President Pro Tem Jack Critcher, a Democrat from Batesville, says it's time to get down to business.

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