- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling a defense project he hopes to lure with an $87 million incentive package being considered by lawmakers this week a “golden” opportunity for the state.

Hutchinson on Tuesday appeared with members of the state’s congressional delegation and representatives of Lockheed Martin at the Capitol to talk about the proposal to issue bonds aimed at helping land the defense contract in Camden. Lockheed Martin is competing for a contract to manufacture a tactical vehicle that will replace the Humvee.

The Legislature planned to consider the bond proposal at a special session beginning Tuesday afternoon.

A prototype of the vehicle was parked in front of the Capitol. State officials say the project would create nearly 600 new jobs if Lockheed wins the contract.

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