Trucking Industry Against Arkansas' Highway Bond Renewal

NOVEMBER 3, 2005 - Posted at 3:37 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas' trucking industry says it will oppose Governor Huckabee's proposal to extend the interstate highway bond program.  The group says the plan could forever obligate the state to a $1 billion debt.

The executive committee of the Arkansas Trucking Association voted unanimously to oppose a renewal of a 1999 bond program that voters will decide in a December 13 special election.

The association represents more than 300 trucking companies, and it supported the original bond program.

But trucking officials strongly object to wording in the ballot question that would transfer the authority to approve bonds from Arkansas voters to the appointed state Highway Commission.

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