DALLAS -- Arkansans would rather maintain existing roads than build new ones and favor extending a temporary sales tax to fund the work instead of raising the state gasoline tax, according to a six-month study of long-term transportation funding in the state.

A majority of the 800 likely voters surveyed in a mid-December poll oppose any increase in the state's current gasoline and diesel taxes but narrowly support a wholesale tax on fuel distributors, the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation said in the report delivered to the Arkansas Highway Commission on Jan. 4.

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