House to Take Up Grocery Tax Cut after Approval by Senate

JANUARY 31, 2007 - Posted at 7:24 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Now that the state Senate has unanimously passed its version of a bill that would cut in half the state's six-cent sales tax on groceries, the House is to take up the measure.

The bill may have a more difficult time in the lower chamber.

Governor Beebe has made cutting the tax a key part of his legislative package.  He wants the entire tax eliminated, and says cutting it in half is an important first step.

The House may wait a while before taking up the bill.  House Speaker Benny Petrus says he expects three bills to be filed with alternative tax cut proposals.  One of those was filed Monday, an income tax credit sponsored by Republican Representative Kevan Anderson of Rogers.

Anderson chairs the House Revenue and Tax Committee.  He says the House may hold off considering Beebe's proposal until after lawmakers see a report on school funding from the special masters named by the state Supreme Court.

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