Beebe Says He has 62 Votes in House for Grocery Tax Cut

FEBRUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 11:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe said today that 62 House members are willing to cut the state's grocery tax in half.  Unaddressed, however, is how the governor's tax-cut proposal would clear a House committee whose chairman supports other means of tax relief.

Beebe said during the first statewide call-in radio show that a majority of House members support trimming the state sales tax on food from six cents to three cents.  The Senate passed the tax cut 35-to-0 on Tuesday.

But a House vote isn't certain.  Republican Representative Keven Anderson, chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, believes the state should give Arkansans a $75 income tax credit rather than cut a steady stream of revenue.

House Speaker Benny Petrus has also said that the grocery tax cut is not the best way to go.

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