- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission is being proactive in their quest to raise more funds through an initiated act.

Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2pmltFC ) that the proposal offers a variation on two recent initiatives.

The proposal suggests transferring 4.5 percent of sales tax revenue from new and used vehicles and other road-user items to road construction in a five-year phase-in period. It would also replace the temporary statewide one-half percent sales tax, which expires in 2023.

Bennett’s proposal would also transfer the general revenue the Legislature raised last year for highways in a special session.

Commission members welcomed the idea of an initiated act Wednesday, but didn’t settle on a proposal.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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