Beebe proposes $678,000 in budget cuts | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Beebe proposes $678,000 in budget cuts

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Gov. Mike Beebe says he's delivered on his pronounced intentions to bargain in good faith with Republican legislators seeking to cut more spending from the state budget.

He's released a list of $678,000 in cuts.

* $90,162 from the Labor Department by giving up vacant position and moving others to a federal program, which will reduce federal match and require future layoffs.

* $260,000 from Higher Education, mostly by not filling the vacant director's position and letting interim Shane Broadway remain in charge. Brilliant. Gives Broadway the job for the rest of Beebe's tenure as the governor had wanted, but wasn't possible on "permanent" basis because he lacked statutory education qualifications.

* $126,319 from Department of Environmental Quality, by across-the-board savings.

* $97,946 from the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority through non-participation in innovation initiatives (which Beebe says would be a loss in economic development.)

* $104,158 from the Natural Resources Commission by cutting aid to local conservative conservation districts.

* $47,002 from the program to help rural communities with water and sewer projects.

Beebe also said the Department of Education would find another $250,000 in its existing budget to fund Arkansas Governor's School for six, rather than four, weeks.

UPDATE: I really didn't talk to anyone in the governor's office before writing my item this morning listing some hitches I saw in the Republican plan to dedicate $40 million in expected coming surplus to Medicaid. But Gov. Mike Beebe apparently identified in that idea the same inflexibility that I saw and says he doesn't support it.

UPDATE II: Rep. John Burris, who's been holding up introduction of the state budget bill, says he'll vote for it today. It takes a two-third votes to introduce in the fiscal session, a weird quirk, but only a majority vote to pass. He wants the $40 million Medicaid trust fund and says he'll settle for $2 million in cuts against the $678,000 Beebe has identified, but the governor doesn't seem likely to go along. Burris won't get his $21 million in cuts, that's clear. But this dispute isn't over. What the Senate has in store could be decisive.

UPDATE III: The House voted to allow introduction of the budget bill. Only a handful of dissenters.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation