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1:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Hutchinson Calls For Phased-in Cut Of Income Tax

Republican gubernatorial hopeful  Asa Hutchinson is calling for a phased-in reduction of Arkansas' income tax, embracing a tax cut approach he once criticized.

Hutchinson told members of the Political Animals Club on Tuesday that Arkansas' income tax is too high and hurts the state  from competing with its neighbors.

Hutchinson proposed phasing in  a reduction of an income tax over time, but declined to say how  much of a cut he's proposing.   

Hutchinson later told reporters that he didn't believe a  phased-in income tax cut approved by lawmakers earlier this year  went far enough.   

During his unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2006,  Hutchinson criticized Democratic Governor Mike Beebe's plan to phase  in a reduction of the state's sales tax on groceries rather than  eliminating it outright.