Hutchinson seeks spending OK; governor convenes session on using surplus to patch budget

Bill would authorize governor to use $173 million in surplus funds

By Michael Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday summoned the Arkansas General Assembly for a special session, starting this afternoon, to consider a bill that would authorize him to use $173 million in surplus funds to help fill budget gaps and other needs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

"I am very grateful for the leadership of the House and the Senate that have made sure that ... there is broad agreement, and the necessary votes to have this passed in a timely fashion without extending the length of the session, which is not what anyone wants to do," the Republican governor said.

The goal is for the session to last the minimum three days necessary under the constitution. The surplus is needed because the state budget was cut for the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. READ MORE.

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