Arkansas highway funding bill heads to governor’s desk Associated Press · March 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill raising fuel taxes and tapping into expected casino revenue for roads, sending the governor a key part of his highway funding plan. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 25-8 vote the proposal as part of a $300 million highway funding plan Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders unveiled last month. The legislation imposes a new wholesale tax on fuel that would raise gas prices by 3 cents a gallon and diesel by 6 cents. It also directs at least $35 million in expected revenue from casinos voters legalized last year and increases registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles. A separate proposal is pending in the Senate to ask voters to extend a half-cent sales tax permanently for roads. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.