No-tax-increase pledge by Arkansas state lawmakers hits highway bump

Some of 23 state lawmakers who pledged with a Washington, D.C.-based group to vote against tax increases disagree whether a vote to refer a tax increase for highways to voters would run afoul of their pledge.

The group is Americans for Tax Reform, founded by Grover Norquist in 1985, according to its website.

Without a legislative consensus on any plan to raise more money for highways, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders said they are weighing their options. Legislative leaders said it would be tough to get lawmakers to raise taxes for highways without referring it to voters.