Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to conditionally reduce the state's grocery tax has won approval from an Arkansas House committee.
The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted on Friday to pass the measure, which would reduce the grocery tax only if the state's desegregation settlement payments or bond obligations decrease by $35 million over a six-month period.
If those conditions are met, the grocery tax would be reduced from 1.5 percent to 0.125 percent.
The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to use federal funds to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low-income workers, an idea that's being touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment.
By a 24-9 vote, the Senate on Friday approved the "private option" proposal that Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and Republican legislative leaders have said is preferable to the Medicaid expansion called for under the federal health care law.