Groups Cite Highway Commission's Power as Reason to Oppose Bond Proposal

NOVEMBER 30, 2005 - Posted at 4:44 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Groups opposed to a highway bond proposal on the December 13 ballot gathered in Little Rock today to say the measure would give too much power to the state Highway Commission.

The groups include the Arkansas chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the state chapter of the American Family Association.

The proposal would allow the Highway Commission to issue up to $575 million in bonds for work on interstate highways.  Governor Huckabee made the proposal.  His office said today that the Highway Commission would have the same powers it always had, and the proposal would not raise taxes.

The groups that assembled at the Capitol today argue that the measure would give the Highway Commission power to generate debt without a vote of the people.

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