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Ross, Hutchinson argue over state budget planning

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 22, 2014 at 8:06 a.m. Updated August 22, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.


Republican candidate for Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson and Democratic candidate Mike Ross speak to members of the Delta Regional Authority in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each say Gov. Mike Beebe approves of their tax plans, though it was Ross who drew the endorsement from the fellow Democrat.

Hutchinson, the Republican nominee, said in a Friday forum that he stands by his plan for a $100 million cut in the state income tax for the middle class. Ross says that would result in a $60 million deficit, based on an estimated $40 million in 2016 revenue growth.

Ross said he wants to balance the budget first and consider the needs of the state first when assessing annual revenue growth.

Hutchinson accused Ross of having little credibility in budget matters and pointed to large federal deficits run up when Ross was in Congress. Hutchinson is also a former congressman.

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carpenterretired says... August 22, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

Wish these guys would fix potholes before tax cuts.

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LevyRat says... August 22, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

Well, Arkansas had a 87 Million dollar surplus this year (as of June 30) with no tax cut in sight, so if there is 40 million in growth, then next year their should be a 127 million dollar surplus ......... they just keep spending, and spending, and spending. Ross loved to TAX AND SPEND with Obama, etc. so I can see why he would not want to cut back on the money they take from your/my paycheck. We need to rid ourselves of these TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS until they get the message.

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PopulistMom says... August 22, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

These tax cuts are aimed at the middle class and should help the economy. The working poor and middle class buy things when they get to keep their money.

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