Severance tax accelerates | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Severance tax accelerates

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Sooner rather than later on the severance tax? Asked by reporters again today about a timetable, Gov. Mike Beebe allowed as how a special session on a severance tax increase could be possible in March, should a consensus emerge, so that legislators worried about May primary elections could get it out of the way speedily.

Does that mean a consensus is forming? Spokesman Matt DeCample said the governor hadn't gone that far. "Whatever comes together.... If there's a consensus sooner, that's no problem. His primary goal is finding a consensus on a fair raise in the tax that puts us on an even keel with states around us and the money goes to highways."

But there's no doubt that the Sheffield Nelson-led initiative drive for a tax increase has speeded the issue. It wasn't so long ago that Beebe not only preferred a legislative solution but a 2009 legislative solution. We await the news on what the gas industry will allow the legislature to approve. And when.

Sign up for the Daily Update email


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansan on Obama's latest commutation list

    President Obama today announced commutations of the sentences of 111 federal prisoners, including one from Arkansas.
    • Aug 30, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Speaking of the Clinton Foundation: Returns in maize and beans

    A reporter for Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking organization, sent a reporter to Africa to see where money given to the Clinton Foundation has been put to work. He found tangible results.
    • Sep 6, 2016

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation