Governor Opposes Raising Grocery Sales Tax

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Noting he did not want to “impede your progress,” Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday sent a letter to members of the bicameral Arkansas Legislative Tax Reform and Relief Task Force to say he is opposed to raising the sales tax on groceries.

During the 2017 legislative session, Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Hutchinson’s tax reform package, which cut Arkansas’ income tax by $50 million and created the tax reform task force consisting of 16 legislators from the House and Senate.

Since their first meeting May 22, 2017, the task force has taken on the huge legislative mandate of identifying areas of potential tax reform and recommending further legislation. The panel is expected to provide a final report to Gov. Hutchinson by Sept. 1, which will be used for tax reform in the regular legislative session in January 2019.

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