LITTLE ROCK — The governor and the leader of the state Senate unveiled Wednesday the details of a legislative proposal to enact the governor’s No. 1 campaign promise, a middle-class income tax cut.

LITTLE ROCK — The governor and the leader of the state Senate unveiled Wednesday the details of a legislative proposal to enact the governor’s No. 1 campaign promise, a middle-class income tax cut.


Also Wednesday, the House approved a bill containing a 1 percent pay raise for prosecutors.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, revealed details to be added to Senate Bill 6, known as the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2015.


Dismang originally filed the measure as a "shell" bill before the session began. On Wednesday, the third day of the session, he filed a proposed amendment to fill in details.


Under the language in the amendment, Arkansans who earn between $21,000 and $35,099 would pay 5 percent in income taxes beginning with the 2016 tax year. Arkansans earning between $35,100 and $75,000 in the year would pay 6 percent. Previously, the rates for those tax brackets were 6 percent and 7 percent, respectively.


The amendment also includes graduated bracket adjustments for people earning between $75,001 and $80,000.


"This bracket adjustment prevents a small amount of income above $75,000 from resulting in a significantly higher income tax liability. (This is to avoid what is called the Cliff Effect.)" the governor’s office said in a statement.


Hutchinson also said he will propose delaying portions of a 2013 income tax cut from taking effect in order to ease the total impact on the state budget. Act 1459 phases in an income tax reduction of one-tenth of a percentage point for all income brackets and will be in full effect with taxes paid on 2015 income, unless lawmakers approve a delay.


Hutchinson said his tax plan would cost the state $2 million in fiscal 2015, $33.7 million in fiscal 2016 and $102.1 million in fiscal 2017.


"I think there’s tremendous support for it among the people of Arkansas," Hutchinson told reporters Wednesday. "That’s what they voted for me to do and what they intended for me to accomplish."


Hutchinson has said previously the tax cut would affect about half a million Arkansans.


Dismang said he hoped to present the bill to the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee as early as next week. He said he expects it to receive broad, bipartisan support.


"This is a tax cut that helps middle-class working families in our state, and I think that’s something to be supported by members regardless of party," he said.


Dismang said he did not expect there to be much room in the budget for other tax cuts besides Hutchinson’s, although he expected some other proposals to be discussed.


"We’ll just have to keep everything in mind in regards to how this impacts the (state revenue) forecast and how their tax cuts would impact the forecast," he said.


Also Wednesday, the House voted 97-0 to approve House Bill 1023 by the Joint Budget Committee, an appropriations bill that includes $3.4 million for the salaries of 25 full-time and three part-time prosecuting attorneys, constituting a 1 percent pay raise for the fiscal year that begins July 1.


The bill also includes $2.5 million in expense reimbursements for legislators. It goes next to the Senate.


The Senate adopted Senate Memorial Resolution 1 to honor former Sen. David Wyatt, D-Batesville, who died early Monday.


Wyatt, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer, served in the House from 2005 to 2009 and in the Senate from 2009 until this month. He also was a Independence County judge for 20 years. He did not seek re-election to the Senate last year.


The Senate met at an earlier time than usual, 9 a.m., so senators could attend Wyatt’s funeral in Rosie.


The House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee endorsed HB 1049 by Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, which seeks to control the growing size of the state Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission.


Under the bill, a person who has been on the commission for at least 24 years would no longer be named a commissioner emeritus, although a person who already had that title before the measure took effect would keep it.


Agency director Richard Davies said the commission has 15 non-emeritus members and currently has three emeritus members — and until recently it had four emeritus members, for a total of 19 people.


"That’s a little much," he said in a interview after the meeting.