JANUARY 22, 2007 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Jack Critcher of Batesville, president pro-tem of the state Senate, says legislators are prepared to have one of the most productive and successful sessions in decades. But Critcher says a necessary ingredient of that rosy scenario is give-and-take by both lawmakers and Governor Beebe.
While Beebe was elected in November on a platform of eliminating the collection of state sales tax on groceries, Critcher stands by his opinion that tax relief could better go toward used car sales and property taxes. But Critcher acknowledges he's in a minority on the issue, saying that he realizes most Arkansans probably think it's a good idea to quit taxing groceries. And he says that, if that's the best that can be done, he's for it.