Governor Promises Municipal League that State Won't Tamper with Highway Money

JANUARY 14, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee is promising municipal officials that he and the Legislature will not take money out of the local share of the 1999 state highway bonds.

Huckabee wants a new highway program, primarily to fix roads that feed into the interstate system.  Despite a price tag of up to $1 billion, he says the bond money won't be touched no matter what kind of highway improvement program is developed.

Fifteen percent of yearly proceeds from $970 million in state highway bonds are earmarked for fixing and maintaining local streets and roads.  Another 15 percent goes to counties and 70 percent is dedicated to state highways.

The governor asked the Municipal League to review whatever highway program the Legislature produces and consider lending its support.

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