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Monday, September 8, 2014

Republican Hutchinson: Democrat Ross wants to cut taxes too much

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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Again with the old vehicles. Now Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is boasting that both he and his wife have old vehicles, despite all the wealth he piled up as lobbyist and insider on penny stock deals when he traded on his Bush administration ties. Sam Walton had an old pickup too. Nice shtick.

Anyway, that's not the punch line today. The punch line is that Democratic opponent Mike Ross is too wasteful. Hutchinson says we can't afford a $37 million expansion of pre-K to guarantee a seat for all young children as Ross wants to do. And then there's the $38 million that it would cost the state in lost revenue if we did as Ross proposed and removed the sales tax on manufacturing parts, something big business desperately wants. Remember, this isn't a spending item, but a reduction in taxes.

And, finally, Hutchinson faults Ross for proposing a gradual revamping of our outdated progressive income tax (top bracket of 7 percent hits around $34,000), which Hutchinson estimates would cost, when fully implemented, $574 million a year. Again, this isn't government spending, but tax cutting. A Hutchinson news release sums up (their emphasis):

FOR AN ESTIMATED GRAND TOTAL OF: $650.23 MILLION A YEAR (And that’s just the proposals he has estimates for.) It’s clear, Arkansas just can’t afford Mike Ross.

Did you ever think you'd see a Republican beating up a Democrat for proposing $612 million in tax cuts for the overburdened working people of Arkansas? Meet Asa Hutchinson. And his old truck. Asa says he has a "fiscally conservative mindset." He says no to "wasteful spending." Like a half-billion in tax cuts.

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