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Tuesday, October 31, 2006


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On the jump, read all about the Huckahutch barnstorming tour to repeal the sales tax on groceries. The current governor, The Huckster, had 10 years to do it and never hit a lick in that direction. The would-be governor, A$a, started his campaign saying it wasn't on his agenda. Another tax sop for fat-cut manufacturers was his top priority. But when Mike Beebe got a little traction with the issue, A$a became a convert. For rank opportunism, this does beat all.


Asa Hutchinson, the 2006 Republican nominee for Arkansas Governor, today launched his “Sack the Tax” Blitz to focus attention on the savings that Arkansas families will realize through the elimination of the grocery tax.

At a news conference at the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Little Rock, Hutchinson was joined by Gov. Mike Huckabee as the two sacked groceries and talked to local residents about the savings that Arkansas families would see if the grocery tax is eliminated.

“Given the size of the state budget surplus, it’s clear that it’s time to kill this unfair tax,” Hutchinson said. “I’ve made a clear commitment to tax reform in this campaign, while my opponent has offered nothing but double-talk and empty promises. I want Arkansas voters to know that I am the only candidate in this race who has pledged to do away with the tax on food – immediately.

Hutchinson noted that if a family of four had a monthly grocery bill of $600, they could save more than $400 per year if the state’s six-cent tax on groceries were eliminated.

“Most families in Arkansas could certainly use an extra $400 per year to spend on clothes for the kids, school supplies or to put gas in the car,” Hutchinson said. “Putting more money into the hands of Arkansans will help to drive continued economic growth, which is one more good reason to get rid of this tax while we have the means to do it.”

Gov. Huckabee praised Hutchinson’s leadership and noted that Arkansas families would see a direct benefit from killing the tax sooner rather than later.

Asa's dead right -- he's right on the issue and he's right on the timing," Gov. Huckabee said. "With Asa as Governor, Arkansans would see a direct tax savings on the grocery receipts and benefit from the elimination of the grocery tax.”

The Little Rock stop was the first in Hutchinson’s “Sack the Tax” blitz through Arkansas, with subsequent stops planned in Fort Smith, Springdale, Pine Bluff, Jonesboro and Mountain Home in the coming days.

“With the state’s economic growth we’ve enjoyed in the last few years, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to kill the grocery tax and put more money into the hands of working families,” Hutchinson said. “I think that’s a worthy goal, and I look forward to providing the leadership as Governor to achieve that goal.”

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