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Monday, January 11, 2010

Beebe cuts $106 million from budget

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM

As expected, Gov. Mike Beebe has announced another state budget cut on account of declines in state revenue.

Due to continued shortfalls in State revenues, Governor Mike Beebe has accepted a recommendation by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to cut the state budget by an additional $106 million for the current fiscal year. The governor's proposed balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which will be detailed by DF&A officials on Tuesday, anticipates a return to current budget levels on July 1.

"Arkansans are being increasingly cautious with their money, and our government must reflect that in our use of tax dollars," Beebe said. "While we still foresee a recovery for our State economy, our spending must match the pace of that recovery to keep our budget balanced."

The revised forecast means a 2.4 percent budget reduction across-the-board. Other education funds will be used to protect public education and adequacy requirements. Rainy-day funds and other set-asides will be used to lessen the impact of the cuts for the Departments of Human Services, Correction and Community Corrections.

(PS -- The optimism about restoration of the budget cut in the next budget year, beginning July 1, applies only to this latest cut, not an earlier $100 million cut. It's too soon to predict impact on jobs. The governor hopes job cuts can be avoided, but agencies will be submitting budget cut plans over the next few weeks and impact won't be known until those plans are in, a spokesman said.)

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