A proposed constitutional amendment on Arkansas’s ballot this November would add a half-cent to the state’s 6-cent sales tax to raise money for transportation. Seventy percent of the revenue generated by the half-cent increase would pay for new four-lane highways around the state. The remainder would go to counties and cities to spend on roads. The idea is garnering mixed reaction among Arkansas trucking firms and the state trucking association, which historically have advocated an increase in the motor fuels tax to pay for infrastructure. If approved, the ballot measure would mark the first time that sales tax has been used for roads.
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