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Hutchinson calls for phased-in cut of income tax

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 23, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is calling for a phased-in reduction of Arkansas' income tax, embracing a tax cut approach he once criticized.

Hutchinson told members of the Political Animals Club on Tuesday that Arkansas' income tax is too high and hurts the state from competing with its neighbors. Hutchinson proposed phasing in a reduction of an income tax over time, but declined to say how much of a cut he's proposing.

Hutchinson later told reporters that he didn't believe a phased-in income tax cut approved by lawmakers earlier this year went far enough.

During his unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2006, Hutchinson criticized Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's plan to phase in a reduction of the state's sales tax on groceries rather than eliminating it outright.

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sgtbob6606140841 says... July 23, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.

"... embracing a tax cut approach he once criticized."
Where is a phased-in reduction of income tax the same as phased-in reduction of sales tax on groceries? That's like saying a coach favors runs off left tackle, but he earlier criticized running plays off right tackle.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... July 23, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.

Yep ... Bill Halter is looking real good here.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... July 23, 2013 at 3:59 p.m.

What the state needs is to greatly reduce or eliminate the income tax on pensions and retirement accounts. Retire relocation is truly a "green" initiative since retires put much more revenue into the system (sales tax) than they consume in public services. Arkansas looses many retires because of the tax system.

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