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Raising Arkansas' grocery sales tax put on the table

Panel adds it to options list for study, talks later in year

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published April 26, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang asks questions at Wednesday’s tax task force meeting held on the state Capitol grounds.

J.D. Harper, executive director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association, answers a question Wednesday from a panel of legislators during a me...

A panel of lawmakers decided Wednesday to take a closer look at the possibility of raising the state's sales tax on groceries and creating an income tax credit for low- and moderate-income people to offset the increase.

J.D. Harper, executive director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association, answers a question Wednesday from a panel of legislators during a me...

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RBBrittain says... April 26, 2018 at 5:53 a.m.

This is the Arkansas version of the Trump tax cut -- raise sales taxes on the poor to cut income taxes for the rich. Jason Rapert is surprisingly against it, if only because it would make him go back on a past promise. I wonder how much in concessions the GOP leadership will give him to change his mind...

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hah406 says... April 26, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.

This may be the first time in history that I agree with Rapert. This should be off the table, period. Arkansas has one of the highest sales tax bourdons in the nation, and sales taxes hit the poor the hardest. Give us what you promised and get rid of the grocery sales tax.

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IMGONE says... April 26, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

One of the most taxed, they continue to add more and yet they are confused as to why college grads and others leave the state to work elsewhere. Personal Property Tax, Income Tax, Grocery Tax, Sales Tax, County Tax, City Tax, etc...it never ends with this place.

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BKELLEY6399 says... April 26, 2018 at 9:21 a.m.

So, they give higher wage earners a tax break, but they're going to increase tax on EVERYONE'S groceries? No wonder people don't want to move to Arkansas. We are one of the low-income states and all legislature wants to do is tax, tax, tax!!! Looks like state government doesn't want to encourage new businesses and new people to come to our state. When I retire in a couple of years, I'm going to look for some place else to live!!

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TravisBickle says... April 26, 2018 at 10:26 a.m.

Get the cannabis industry up and running and tax that!!

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Delta123 says... April 26, 2018 at 11:25 a.m.

You did read the part of the proposal where a tax credit would be given to low and moderate income people to off set the tax, right? So that way you could stick it to those evil "rich" folks AND give a break to everyone else. Isn't that the point?

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muzzypat says... April 26, 2018 at 12:09 p.m.

Increase food tax to Give tax breaks to the higher income? This is wrong. Food should be the last thing taxed. Mike Bebee's tax cut on food was the best idea that man had going for him and for fellow Arkansans. Take that idea back off of "the table". We all need to eat. This is a dumb idea.

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GeneralMac says... April 26, 2018 at 12:19 p.m.

Groceries should never be taxed at all !

Income tax..........lower the top rate.

On Saturday night's Power Ball, why should an Arkansas winner be penalized so much more than neighboring states ?
An Arkansas winner, taking the cash option, would pay in state taxes .......

$1,112,000 ...MORE..than Louisiana
$3,068,000....MORE..than Oklahoma or Missouri
$7,392,000 ....MORE..than Texas or Tennessee

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CommonSense68 says... April 26, 2018 at 1:22 p.m.

Arkansas is one of only 14 states that taxes groceries. This suggested act from Governor Hutchinson's water boys, would not only reverse a promise made to the people of this state, it would make Arkansas the state with the HIGHEST tax on groceries in the nation. That's one category where our state should NEVER lead.

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CommonSense68 says... April 26, 2018 at 1:29 p.m.

Arkansas liberals continue to whine that we have to raise taxes some where to increase revenue. How about a novel approach, increase the income of Arkansas residents by increasing the economic growth of the state. The more we earn, the more revenue the state will have. Don't take more from the same income we earn now - help us earn more and the state we get that additional revenue.

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