First full term
April 1, 1999 became a day when Huckabee as a governor has signed a law increasing a tax on gasoline and diesel for three and four cents. As an attachment was a bill that claimed to pay for highway construction. Quotation: "All the diesel money will be earmarked to pay off the bonds or, if the bond issue fails, to directly finance repairs to the interstates. The gasoline tax money will finance work on non-interstate state roads, notably projects approved in a 1991 road program that without new money remains seven years from completion. Should the bond issue fail, the taxes would remain in place, lessening the chances that the trucking industry will campaign against the bonds." That program has got an approve among Arkansas voters.
In 1999, Huckabee has modeled the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) after K-12 programs in other states. Here is what he said:
"..I've been fortunate to become friends with Gov. Jim Hunt of North Carolina and Gov. George W. Bush of Texas. They've shared their comprehensive assessment and accountability programs. We now have statewide academic standards that allow us to set clear teaching objectives. We have statewide assessments linked to those standards. We have accountability systems with consequences for schools that fail to perform."
In 2005, Huckabee reported regarding ACTAAP the following:
"And one thing I salute about [George W. Bush] is No Child Left Behind, and no matter what you've heard about it let me tell you it's the best thing that ever happened in education because it says we're not going to let children spend years and years and let taxpayers spend thousands and thousands of dollars only to find out when the kid graduates high school that he's basically a functional illiterate, that we're not going to leave him lingering back in those classrooms and that he or she will get a decent education and we will hold accountable those who are responsible for getting that child a good education."
On March 7, 2001, he has signed a $5.25 per day tax on private nursing homes for non-Medicare patient.
By the "Covenant Marriage Act," on April 11, 2001, Huckabee has created a marriage contract option that compels couples to search counseling when problems develop during the marriage, restricts lawsuits against spouses and provides limited grounds for divorce or separation. By this law Huckabee offers the couples a chance to be held to a higher level of marital commitment.
In 2001 Huckabee defined student districts to allow them to pray and proclaimed October to be "Student Religious Liberty Month."
In 2001, Huckabee refused to raise taxes not to cause budget shortfall, which provoked lots of critics from the media and lawmakers. To reduce the criticism he has started the "Tax Me More Fund" - a voluntary fund for citizens who felt that the taxes needed to be increased. In spite the Minority called the "Tax Me More Fund" a campaign tactic, Huckabee has increased state spending 65.3 percent (1996–2004) and supported five tax increases. After that he has eliminated the marriage penalty, doubled the standard deduction and the child care tax credit, and reduced the capital gains tax for both businesses and individuals.
In 2002, Huckabee struggled for Governor position and won his race with 53 percent of the vote . His wife Janet ran for Arkansas Secretary of State, but she has lost her race by 62% to 38%.