Panel Finalizing 'Menu' Of Road Funding Options For Governor

Oct 22, 2015

File photo from July as work was being completed on Little Rock's Big Rock Interchange.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A task force is finalizing a list of options to increase funding for Arkansas' highways that include various revenue transfer and tax increase ideas but is stopping short of endorsing a specific plan.

A draft of preliminary recommendations reviewed Thursday by the Governor's Group on Highway Funding outlines several ideas for increasing money for state roads over the next few years. The panel is expected to complete its report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson next month.

The group isn't recommending a specific proposal and is instead offering what its chairman calls a "menu" of options Hutchinson can look at. One option includes an increase in the motor fuel tax that would be phased out as the state shifts sales tax revenue from car-related items to highways.