UPDATE: Ark. House panel advances income tax cut bill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas House committee has advanced a proposal to cut income taxes in Arkansas as legislative leaders say they're moving closer toward an agreement on a $100 million package of reductions.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday approved Republican Rep. Charlie Collins' proposal to cut income taxes. Collins' proposal would cost the state about $57 million a year.

The bill now heads to the House.

The measure is being considered as House and Senate leaders say they hope to reach a deal soon on what cuts would be included in a package that they say would cost the state about $100 million.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said tax cuts are dependent on the state approving a proposal to expand health insurance for low income Arkansans.

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