(AP) – Researchers say a six month study looking for
long-term financing for state highways found Arkansans prefer maintaining roads
to building new ones, favor a sales tax on fuel wholesalers and support making
permanent a temporary one-half cent sales tax approved in 2012.
Voters also oppose increasing the per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel,
according to the report The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation and the Gilmore
Strategy Group presented Wednesday to the Arkansas State Highway Commission.
Arkansas Business reports that foundation executive director Craig Douglass
said the findings are not recommendations but meant to inform commissioners, who
make recommendations to the Legislature. The findings will also be presented to
the governor, legislators and other stakeholders on Monday.
The study involved 20 meetings with stakeholders and a survey of 800 likely
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