Huckabee Prioritizes His Legislative Agenda

DECEMBER 27, 2004 - Posted at 4:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee has set his priorities for his final legislative session, and they are highways, higher education and health.

He said he wants to see construction on state and U.S. highways, he has proposed a new formula for funding colleges and universities and after losing more than 100 pounds, he wants more help for his "Health Arkansas" program.

By spending between $91 million and $100 million a year, Huckabee says the state can immediately fund a billion-dollar highway program over ten years.  He also says the state has a historic opportunity to enhance the quality of higher education while keeping tuition affordable.

Huckabee was light on details for his health-related goals.  He said he wouldn't necessarily oppose banning smoking in restaurants or limiting children's access to vending machine sweets and sodas.

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