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Beebe proposes $5 billion budget for coming year

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 14, 2014 at 7:19 a.m. Updated January 14, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe pauses in a hallway at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock to comment about the state revenue report Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe is proposing a $5 billion budget for the coming year that boosts funding for education, human services and the state's prison system.

Department of Finance and Administration officials on Tuesday detailed Beebe's proposal to members of the Joint Budget Committee. The panel is starting budget hearings ahead of the fiscal session, which begins Feb. 10.

Beebe's budget proposal calls for a $105.8 million increase in state funding, with the largest boost to go toward the state's public schools. Beebe is also calling for increases in funding for the state's prisons, with $7 million to go toward county jail reimbursements.

Much of the session is expected to focus on the renewed fight over the "private option" plan to expand health care to low-income residents using federal Medicaid funds.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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finder says... January 14, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

We do not need more prisons, we need prison reform. Building more prisons is like building more cemeteries and expecting that to stop people from dying.

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cdawg says... January 14, 2014 at 3:07 p.m.

Finder, some of the "prison" money is for beefing up the parole system. There are not enough parole officers to handle the last round of reform. Perhaps the story should read
Dept of Corrections instead of prisons.

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