Options Slim After Defeat of Arkansas Highway Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Mar. 20, 2017 7:05 am  


"Wouldn't you also agree that the people of the state of Arkansas in 2016 already decided they didn't want taxes and that's why the Republicans have a majority in the House now? That was their decision. That's why they're here," Republican Rep. Brandt Smith, who voted against the measure, said.

Republican Rep. Dan Douglas, the plan's sponsor, later shot back: "We're here to solve problems, not just run for re-election."

Douglas said he isn't sure whether the plan would ultimately have enough votes to move forward, but he's painting a bleak picture if a new revenue source isn't found.

"Instead of improving our highway system, we will have to just manage the decline of our highway system," he said.

Andrew DeMillo has covered Arkansas government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/ademillo.

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