Arkansas Farm Bureau endorses tax hike for highways


LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Farm Bureau said Monday it supports a proposed half-cent sales tax to fund construction of a statewide four-lane highway system.

The tax proposal was referred to voters by the state Legislature and will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If approved, it would finance a $1.3 billion bond program for highway construction.

Also, counties and cities would receive more than $700 million for improvements to county roads and city streets. The tax would sunset once the bonds have been paid off.

“Good, safe roads are important for the citizens of this state,” Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said in a news release. “From agriculture’s standpoint, our products can’t get to market without good roads. It’s as simple as that.”

The Arkansas Farm Bureau is a farm and rural advocacy organization representing about 210,000 families.