Grocery Tax Repeal to be Voted On

September 10, 2002
Posted at: 8:25 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The secretary of state's office has OK'd a measure that seeks to eliminate the sales tax on groceries and medicine for the November ballot.

The leader of the Committee to Axe the Food Tax said today that he's pleased with the news. Director Karl Kimball said the office told him this afternoon that more than 78,000 of the signatures the group submitted are valid.

They needed 70,601 to qualify. Governor Huckabee said during a campaign stop in Morrilton today that he's not supporting an effort to kill the sales tax on groceries and over-the-counter drugs.

Huckabee says he doesn't particularly like the food tax, but that the amendment is written in a way that would hurt Arkansans. He said the cut will make it take longer to get a 9-1-1 call answered or take real medicine away from an elderly person at a nursing home.