The open line: Plus, highway money options | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The open line: Plus, highway money options

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Here's the open line and today's news video. Also:

* HIGHWAY MONEY: One of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's many task forces, this one on money to maintain and build highways, met today and tossed out some of the same old same old ideas for finding money. To wit:

* Raising fuel taxes (they had to mention the only sensible option, whether it be the gallon tax or a sales tax on fuel, but they didn't actually endorse it because they know the Republican legislature won't pass it);

* Putting a fee on hybrid and electric vehicles that don't guzzle gas. (Sure, only hippy dippy liberal pinkos drive those things. Stick 'em for conserving fuel, but whatever you do don't tax the truckers who cause the real damage.);

* And "gradually" shifting current general revenue to highways (That's the ticket! Freebie. When the gradual transition is complete and services previously supported have been sufficiently starved of growth revenue to begin cratering, maybe then somebody will realize the inescapable — there is no free lunch).

The task force didn't formally recommend anything. Just gave the governor "options" — some more optional than others, as they well knew.

Hey, here's an idea. Save $600 million quickly and another $4 billion over the long term by stopping that Interstate 30 concrete pour in Little Rock.

UPDATE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll reject any proposal that increases state revenue.

In other words, the task force was a waste of tiime. Hutchinson will pay for highways only by taking it from some other public purpose,

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (27)

Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Charter secret

    These are hard times for those who believe in traditional public schools, run by democratically elected representatives, open to all on equal terms.
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • Police announced beefed-up patrols

    Little Rock police are stepping up patrols on account of rising violent crime. Meh.
    • Aug 16, 2017
  • Free streetcar service extended through December

    Rock Region Metro says it will extend free service on the River Rail streetcar lines through December
    • Aug 16, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • In Little Rock, Marco Rubio sells American exceptionalism

    This is Rubio's axiomatic answer to Donald Trump's insistence that he and he alone will Make America Great Again: America is the greatest, always has been.
    • Feb 22, 2016

Most Viewed

  • Arkansas-linked Charlottesville marcher identified, apologizes to those misidentified

    A man who says he's a former University of Arkansas student now living in New England has identified himself as the person wearing an "Arkansas Engineering" T-shirt in the Friday white supremacist march in Fayetteville. He apologized for involving UA in the story and to the professor misidentified as being the person wearing the shirt.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation