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Ark. Senate doesn't consider repeal of trucker tax break

The repeal was proposed after the state's trucking lobby withdrew support for the tax increase. Above is Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association. (Courtesy: ATA)

By ALLEN REED
The Associated Press

2/28/2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Senate has declined to take up a repeal of a tax break for truckers, effectively killing the measure until next year's legislative session.

Monday was the last day the Senate could have considered it during this year's fiscal session. Senate President Pro Tem Paul Bookout says backers were "two or three" votes short.

The repeal needed 24 votes to be brought up in the Senate. The House already approved bringing it up — but a two-thirds vote was needed in both chambers.

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The $4 million tax break takes effect in July and was part of a highway plan approved last year that called for placing a five-cent diesel tax increase on the November The repeal was proposed after the state's trucking lobby withdrew support for the tax increase.

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