Arkansas governor tweaks highway funding plan for session

Arkansas governor tweaks highway funding plan for session

Associated Press

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has backed away from his plan to tap into vehicle sales tax revenue to fund Arkansas' highways and instead wants to use some of the state's investment returns.

The Republican governor on Monday formally called lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session focused on his highway plan and several other proposals. The session is scheduled to begin Thursday morning.

A draft of legislation outlining Hutchinson's plan proposes setting aside $40 million in surplus money for highways this year, along with $1.5 million from the investment returns this year. It also calls for setting aside a quarter of the state's surplus for roads next year.

Hutchinson had initially called for redirecting some vehicle tax revenue, an idea that had faced resistance from Democrats.

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