FEBRUARY 9, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee's $1 billion road program may be funded by a new 1.5 percent sales tax on vehicles and transportation-related items.
Huckabee is pushing the plan, which would ask voters to approve a $134 million tax increase by referendum, maybe as early as this summer.
The Arkansas Highway Commission has all but abandoned the idea of raising fuel taxes to pay for a bond issue for Huckabee's road construction plan.
If approved, this plan would break with the state's pay-as-you-go highway user fees, which financed roadwork until a $1 billion bond issue approved by voters in 1999.
Highway Commissioner Prissy Hickerson said yesterday that the time doesn't seem right for raising fuel taxes now.