Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) will be visiting Capitol Hill next week.

Huckabee is slated to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee next Tuesday on “the importance, need and feasibility of the Fair Tax,” according to an e-mail the former governor and 2008 presidential candidate sent out to supporters this week.

“I campaigned on this issue in 2008 and my passion on this issue has only grown since then,” Huckabee wrote to supporters. “Never has there been a better political climate for the FairTax than right now – and I intend to capitalize while Washington’s ears are willing to listen.”

The House Ways and Means Committee hearing will look at several different kinds of consumption tax systems such as the Value Added Tax and the so-called FairTax, which would abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace all federal income and payroll taxes with a national retail sales tax.

Huckabee, who announced in May that he will not run for president in 2012, said in the e-mail that his goal ahead of next week’s hearing is to collect more than 100,000 signatures in support of a flat tax. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had garnered 34,560 signatures.