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House panel backs revised spending-cap bill

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 26, 2013 at 7:04 a.m. Updated February 26, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

— A House panel has endorsed a revised proposal to place a cap on the growth of Arkansas’ government after the lawmaker behind the idea changed the way the limit would be calculated.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday endorsed Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman’s proposal.

The legislation would limit the growth of state government based on a formula tied to a five-year average of the state’s personal disposable income.

Gov. Mike Beebe has opposed the bill, saying it would “wreak havoc” on the state’s budget.

The panel approved an initial version of Westerman’s bill but it was sent back to committee after he made other changes.

The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote.

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