Panel Submits Report To Governor On Arkansas Highway Funding Shortfall

Dec 16, 2015

The Big Rock Interchange in west Little Rock, a recent project completed by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll issue recommendations on boosting funding for state highways next month after receiving a report from a panel he formed to study the issue.

Hutchinson said Wednesday he's received the report from the Working Group on Highway Funding he created to look at ways to close the shortfall for the state's roads. The panel last month recommended the governor look at a range of options, including increases in fuel taxes and tapping into general revenue.

The Republican governor says he'll review the proposals and issue his own recommendations the middle of January. Hutchinson hasn't said whether he'll call a special session to take up the highway funding proposals.