Quick Action Needed for Toyota Plant

January 15, 2003
Posted at: 4:05 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Some legislators say the state needs to act quickly to offer incentives that could lure a Toyota plant to eastern Arkansas, but they're not sure it will happen.

During his State of the State address Governor Huckabee mentioned the importance of economic development and creating a superproject fund, but he didn't go into detail.

Legislators are still digesting his plans for reorganizing government and overhauling education, so many haven't studied his economic development ideas yet. But those particularly concerned with Toyota's interest in a site near Marion say the Legislature has to do something during the legislative session, and the sooner the better.

Efforts to attract an automobile manufacturing plant to Arkansas will compete with a court order to increase spending on an underfunded public school system. Somehow, the Legislature and the Huckabee administration will try to find money for both.

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