Gov. Mike Huckabee captured headlines in 1995 when he opposed a highway construction bond issue proposed by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. He’s singing a different tune in support of the bond proposal before voters Dec. 13.
“Nothing in this world is more important to you than your children. And there’s just no way I’d make my children pay for my debts. But that’s exactly what Propositions 1 and 2 [highway bond proposals by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker] would do. They put our children billions of dollars in debt for the next 30 years. Let’s pay for the new roads as we go.”
— Lt. Gov. Mike Huckabee, television commercial in December 1995
“Our other option is the ‘pay-as-you-go’ plan. We have experience with this. It was pay-as-you-go funding that led to the crumbling interstates and state highways that we saw before 1999 … Using the pay-as-you-go system means having to budget for inflation, for the rise in the cost of material and labor and having to address serious problems piecemeal. Paying for highways one component at a time proved to be no more effective than paying for a car one part at time.”
— Gov. Huckabee on his own bond proposal, in an Arkansas Democrat
Gazette article Oct. 23, 2005.