Governor-Elect Hutchinson Tax Proposal To Dominate Upcoming Session

Dec 26, 2014

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in this file from October, just before the Nov. 4 elections.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Lawmakers say incoming Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call to reduce taxes for the middle class by $100 million a year will dominate any tax cut debate in the Legislature next year.

Several other proposals are likely to be on the table. House and Senate leaders have said they plan to put forward legislation enacting the tax cut that Hutchinson made a focus of his successful bid for governor.

They predict the plan will easily win support early on in the session that begins Jan. 12.

Hutchinson, a Republican, is heading into office with his party enjoying expanded majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

Legislative leaders say they expect other tax cuts and exemptions to come up. Ideas floated include breaks for veterans and farmers.