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Monday, April 22, 2013

Now the legislature cuts up the swag

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

If no detours develop, the Arkansas legislature should finish tomorrow and go home.

Today and tomorrow will be primarily devoted to passage of the revenue stabilization act, which guides overall state spending, and — much more important to individual members — approval of expenditures from the General Improvement Fund, a surprlus account. Here's 60 pages of special outlays for everything from colleges and universities to county fairs. Lots of the money will be funneled through regional agencies in legislation not specifically identified in this bill so as to do a sidestep around the past lawsuit to prevent legislative appropriations to strictly local projects. That money is still reaching beneficiaries designated by individual legislators.

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