LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
Arkansas lawmakers have voted to put a half-cent sales tax to pay for road improvements on the 2012 ballot.
The Senate voted 22-10 and gave final approval Thursday to referring the proposed constitutional amendment to voters.
If approved -- the half-cent sales tax would pay for a bond program to pay for the state's roads and to create a four-lane highway system around the state. The tax would only be in effect for 10 years.
The measure is part of a $2.8 billion highway improvement package supported by House Speaker Robert Moore that's intended to improve the state's highways.
Lawmakers have already approved legislation allowing the governor to place a five-cent diesel tax increase on the ballot to pay for another highway bond program.