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Ark. lawmakers ask leaders to reconsider tax hike

January 13, 2012 J

The AP’s Andrew DeMillo has the story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group of Arkansas legislators has asked city leaders from around the state to reconsider their support for a severance tax hike to pay for highways.

Fifteen Republicans and three Democrats on Thursday asked the Arkansas Municipal League to oppose the severance tax increase that former natural gas executive Sheffield Nelson is trying to place on the November ballot.

The legislators said they believed the increase would hurt jobs and growth in Arkansas.

House Speaker Robert Moore says the severance tax hike isn’t competing with a proposed half-cent sales tax that will appear on the November ballot.

Moore asked members of the state Municipal League to throw their support behind the proposed temporary tax for four-lane highways.

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