Massive Arkansas Highway Funding Brings Relief


The people in charge of maintaining Arkansas’s highways are breathing a sigh of relief this week. 

After some debate, lawmakers passed a $300 million plan to fund highways. The plan get money to the Arkansas Department of Transportation immediately, and relies on voters to extend a half-cent sales tax that Arkansans are already paying. 

That’s set to expire in a couple of years, and ARDOT’s director knows it’s possible that voters might say no.

“I think since it doesn’t expire, the current sales tax doesn’t expire until June of 2023,” said Scott Bennett, ARDOT director. “If something happens and the voters don’t pass it in November of 2020, that does give us a couple of legislative sessions to be able to deal with the shortfall that we’ll experience.” 

You can always catch more on what ARDOT is doing now that this highway plan has passed on capitol view, which airs Sunday mornings on KNWA.

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