LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The defeat of an effort to put a highway initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year shows how difficult it will be for any plan to raise new revenue in a Legislature that's turned increasingly conservative and anti-tax.

The loss leaves highway advocates few options for finding new ways to close a growing funding gap. The proposal that failed before the state House last week would have put a 20-year bond issue on the ballot and potentially raise $200 million annually for the state's highways.