Arkansas lawmakers advance tax cut, school safety bills

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Arkansas lawmakers tax cut school safety
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson holds up an interim report from a commission formed to review school safety measures at a news conference at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, Aug. 2,2022. A proposed $50 million grant program for school safety is on the agenda for a legislative special session that is being held this week. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have advanced tax cuts and a school safety grant program as they kicked off a special session.

The House and Senate Revenue and Taxation committees endorsed identical bills Tuesday outlining tax cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Corporate and individual will be reduced with plan

The tax cut plan includes accelerating reductions in corporate and individual income taxes that lawmakers approved last year. The Joint Budget Committee also endorsed legislation setting aside $50 million for school safety grants.

Hutchinson called for the program following the May shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. Democrats have been calling for the Legislature to take up teacher raises, but they face resistance from GOP legislative leaders.