Ark. Senate approves $140M tax cut package

By ANDREW DeMILLOAssociated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has approved a package of tax cuts that is estimated to eventually cost the state about $140 million a year.

The Senate on Thursday passed a dozen bills that included proposals to cut the state's taxes on income, capital gains and manufacturers' utility bills. The proposals also include tax cuts for armed service members and some farmers. The measures now head to the House.

The proposals are expected to cost the state $10.7 million in the coming fiscal year and will eventually cost the state about $140 million a year.

Senators also approved Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to cut the grocery tax if the state's bond obligations for school desegregation payments decrease by $35 million over a six-month period.

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