Chamber leads effort to oppose gas tax increase | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chamber leads effort to oppose gas tax increase

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Well, sure, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will lead the effort to oppose the Sheffield Nelson-led initiative to move the gas severance tax in Arkansas to a level charged in neighboring states.

Nelson, whose ballot title and name for the proposed initiated act were certified by the attorney general’s office earlier this year, said Monday that the chamber’s opposition shows “they have been bought and paid for (by the natural gas industry).”

“It is regrettable that the Arkansas State Chamber and Associated Industries of Arkansas have chosen to line up with the multi-billion dollar natural gas companies on the severance tax issue,” he said.

He noted that the business association recently announced support for proposed temporary half-cent sales tax increase to finance a $1.8 billion bond issue to build a statewide four-lane system connecting all parts of the state.

Tax Arkansas biscuit cookers to smooth the way for interstate truckers? Oh, hell yes. Send a tax to national gas users equivalent to what Arkansans pay for gas produced in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma? No. This is chamber thinking through and through.

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