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Governor Hutchinson hopes highway funding program to benefit Northeast Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said plans to improve highways in the Natural State will hopefully mean new and improved roads in Region 8.

Hutchinson told Region 8 News that the plan will be presented this spring in a special session of the legislature.

"For Northeast Arkansas, it means continued funding through the highway department of our farm to market roads which are important for our agricultural sector but hopefully, I'd like to see additional new projects as well," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said the plan doesn't necessarily call for new tax dollars, but a shift in surplus money to highway funding.

"So we can maximize the opportunity to get federal dollars," Hutchinson said. "Over time, it'll mean $2 billion in federal money that will be coming to Arkansas if we can match it with the state match that I've outlined."

Hutchinson said building up the highway system in Arkansas helps bring industry to the area.

He said he hopes his plans to lower the income tax rate in the state will attract business.

"These companies are very mobile these days and they can relocate," Hutchinson said. "It's not just about the tax incentive, it's about the workforce, it's about the quality of life, it's about your highways. That's why we're trying to meet all of those needs."
Already, some companies have decided to locate in Arkansas.
Recently, Hutchinson announced that SIG Sauer plans to open a premium ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville.

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