Arkansas Governor Launches Campaign to Extend Roads Funding

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and leaders of the state’s top advocacy groups launched a campaign to permanently keep the half-cent sales tax for road needs which is set to expire in 2023. Expected to be a top priority for next year’s ballot initiatives, the sales tax was originally voted on and passed by voters in 2012, is set to expire in 2023.

The Republican governor and organizations including the state’s Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Trucking Association and the Poultry Federation all back the measure saying it is essential for the future of Arkansas’ economy. The sales tax provides more than $205 million annually in highway funding, funding which many feel the state desperately needs.

Arkansas resident and flower shop owner, Chad Geisler donated $100 to the campaign to continue the sales tax. He goes on to say, “A $100 donation to get these roads taken care of is better than a $500 deductible or $1,000 deductible or $200 tires.”

States around the country are looking for sustainable, long-term options for funding for roads and bridges. Residents realize the small cost upfront is negligible when compared to the high costs of car repairs or expensive insurance deductibles.

Drivers in Mississippi are hoping roads and bridges are a top priority for lawmakers in 2020 as over 450 bridges are closed, thousands of miles need to be repaved and the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the nation. It’s time to fix Mississippi’s roads and bridges.