Coleman announces economic development goals; details to follow

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman on Tuesday called for lowering or eliminating the state income tax and decentralizing the state's economic development role.

Coleman presented his "21st Century Economic Development Plan," which he said would foster more small business start ups, fewer state and federal regulations and a more diverse economy, beginning at the local level. He said he would divulge specifics of his plan as the governor's race unfolds.

"Our new economic development model will not be dependent upon what the U.S., the U.N. or even the state tells us what to do," Coleman told about 30 supporters at a state Capitol news conference. "Our communities will lead, and the state's economic development institutions will follow."

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