Researchers: Arkansans prefer maintaining roads to building

     (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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