House Panel Okays Beebe's Grocery Tax Cut

FEBRUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 3:50 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A legislative committee advanced a bill today that would cut Arkansas' sales tax on groceries from 6 cents to 3 cents. The bill next goes to the full House.

The House Committee on Revenue on Taxation unanimously endorsed the sales tax cut, a measure championed by Governor Beebe.

The bill's House sponsor, Representative David Evans of Searcy, says he's been in office when lawmakers had to raise taxes. Evans, a Democrat, says ``It's much better to be here lowering taxes.''

The Senate unanimously passed the measure last week, which provides a family spending $150 a week on groceries savings of $234 a year.

If approved by the House, it would represent the largest tax cut in Arkansas' history.

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