Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $95 million highway-funding bill, part of a $300 million highway funding package, passed the House today with 71 votes.

In a second vote this afternoon, the House passed HJR1018 to refer an amendment to the voters to extend the current half-cent sales tax passed in 2012.

“It is gratifying to work with members of the General Assembly who understand the dire need to fund the upkeep of our roads now and into the future,” Hutchinson said. “The passage of this historic bill is a solid and necessary measure to ensure we keep our roads in good repair, which is essential to our commerce and to daily life.”

Hutchinson praised representatives for passing HJR1018, a referred amendment that would give voters the chance to extend a 1/2-cent sales tax to pay for highways. The extension would raise $205 million a year.

“I appreciate the House chamber’s support, as well as the leadership from Speaker Shepherd and bill sponsor Rep. Mike Holcomb for their work to pass this important legislation,” Hutchinson said. “I am hopeful the Senate will follow suit. It would be wrong to deprive Arkansans of the chance to extend the tax that they approved a decade ago. This is an important piece of our overall transportation plan.”