Governor’s Working Group On Highway Funding

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Governor's Working Group On Highway Funding

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Governor Hutchinson gives opening remarks at the preliminary meeting for the Working Group on Highway Funding, with Chairman Duncan Baird on June 24, 2015. The Governor encouraged the group to be creative and forward-thinking in their approach.  

LITTLE ROCK - The Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding held it’s first meeting in June. The meeting was kicked off with opening remarks by Governor Asa Hutchinson. He told the group that highways are critical to economic development in Arkansas and he encouraged the members to think creatively but realistically about possible funding solutions. The Governor has tasked the group, which is made up of stakeholders from around the state, with coming up with a menu of highway funding options by December of this year.

December 15, 2015 - Short Term Recommendation

Arkansas State Highway Reports: 

Past Meeting Notes and Documents: 

Members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order:

Duncan Baird, Budget Director for Governor Hutchinson, Chairman

Scott Bennett, Director of the State Highway and Transportation Department

Alec Farmer, State Highway Commissioner Appointee

Rep. Dan Douglas, House Public Transportation Committee Appointee

Sen. Bill Sample, Senate Transportation, Technology & Legislative Affairs Committee Appointee 

Rep. Andy Davis, Joint Budget Committee Appointee

Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes, Countywide Elected Official Appointee

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Municipal Elected Official

Randy Zook, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Appointee

Philip Taldo, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Appointee

Brett Powell, Department of Higher Education Appointee

Larry Walther, Department of Finance & Administration Appointee

Guy Washburn, Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association, At-large Appointee

Shannon Newton, Arkansas Truckers Association, At-large Appointee

Charlie Weaver, President of Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc., At-large Appointee

Craig Douglass, Arkansas Good Roads and Transportation Council, At-large Appointee

Jackson Williams, Attorney at Williams & Anderson PLC, At-large Appointee

Frank Scott Jr., State Highway Commissioner, At-large Appointee

Dr. Robin Bowen, President of Arkansas Tech University, At-large Appointee

Rep. Prissy Hickerson, At-large Appointee



Tori Gordon, Policy Advisor