John Brummett breaks news this morning. He reports that polling by the truck lobby has found deep voter antipathy toward a proposal to raise the tax on diesel fuel by a nickel to contribute to the cost of improvements to the interstate bridge routes that big trucks pound to rubble every few years. The truck lobby has now called on Gov. Mike Beebe to put off calling the election on the tax increase. Good idea, bad timing, the lobby says.
And what of the proposal to raise the state sales tax a half-cent for a freeway building proposal? That was not polled. But the toxic mood toward tax increases wouldn’t seem favorable to that 2012 ballot measure.