I just ran across this editorial from a Fort Smith paper recommending a "yes" vote tomorrow:http://www.swtimes.com/opinion/we/article_11b61aa4-08ca-11e1-b279-001cc4c002e0.html
" ... voters statewide will be considering a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements.
The proposal seeks to continue using 4 cents from the state’s diesel fuel tax of 22.5 cents per gallon for highway upgrades. Voting for the bond program will not raise taxes and voting against it will not lower taxes, according to an Associated Press report last week.
Since 1999, when the program began under Gov. Mike Huckabee, the Interstate Rehabilitation Program has reconstructed more than 350 miles of Arkansas highways; another 300 miles are targeted by the new program, according to Move Arkansas Forward, which supports the bond proposal.
The program is expected to generate nearly $1 billion for construction and repair. Highway Commission Chairman Madison Murphy cites the Federal Highway Administration as saying that every $1 billion in capital investment on highways yields 27,000 private-sector jobs.
The bond program passed 70 percent for versus 30 percent against in 1999, and the University of Arkansas’ annual poll released two weeks ago shows current sentiment is running about 2-to-1 in favor of renewing the program ... A vote to continue the state highway bond program — without any increase in taxes — helps to keep Arkansas competitive, and we recommend it."
Here's a link to an AHTD map showing the specific projects that would be funded by the program [page 1/7 of pdf]:http://www.arkansashighways.com/news/2011/2011_Bond_Program.pdf