Bill filed to reduce Arkansas sales tax on food

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker has filed a bill to nearly eliminate Arkansas' sales tax on food, though Gov. Mike Beebe is backing a plan to cut the tax by a penny on the dollar.

Rep. Frank Glidewell, R-Fort Smith, filed the bill Thursday to repeal all sales taxes on groceries - now at 3 cents - except for a 1/8 conservation tax approved by voters. The bill notes that "the rise in unemployment has resulted in an increase in the number of Arkansans unable to afford basic necessities."

The Senate has already approved Beebe's penny reduction in the sales tax on groceries, and the measure awaits House action.

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