Anti-Highway Bond Ads Start Running in Arkansas

NOVEMBER 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Radio ads against a highway bond proposal have begun airing.  Voters will decide on December 13 whether to approve a proposal that would let the state Highway Commission issue up to $575 million in bonds for interstate highways.

The ads opposing the measure are being paid for by a group organized by the Arkansas Trucking Association.

The measure also got opposition Tuesday from a Little Rock chapter of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.  The union said it would oppose both bond programs because it's bad public policy for the government to go into debt.

A separate ballot item would provide bond funding for state universities.  That item is not drawing the opposition faced by the highway measure.

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