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State cuts '18 budget by $43M

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published May 3, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Graphs showing Arkansas sources of general revenue.

Four days after announcing plans to cut the state general revenue budget for the rest of this fiscal year, officials said Tuesday that they also took $43 million out of the budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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DoubleBlind says... May 3, 2017 at 6:33 a.m.

Proof that AR's god, guns and gynecology agenda does NOT create jobs. And while state unemployment might be low, most jobs here are low wage. We have the lowest median income in the country. How can we even think of giving state employees a 'merit' raise?! Set them free through budget cuts to go work in the private sector. Legislators should work for free since they produce absolutely nothing of value.

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dildel says... May 3, 2017 at 8:31 a.m.

How about rolling back the pay of the elected ,they eat free off of the lobbyists so the cut is warranted, its a part-time job with them collecting full-time pay,

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Jhedrick says... May 3, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.

State employees have not received even a cola raise for a very long time. So sure, lay them off, and they move out of state to find gainful employment. That doesn't help the situation because you've lost that persons tax revenue, and the state doesn't "bank" that salary of the vacated position. They fill it, or it gets shuffled to another agency that needs it. We lose either way.

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KnuckleBall says... May 3, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.

Most State Agencies are working short handed, people are leaving for various reasons and they are not being replaced. When they are it may take 3 people to replace 1. Yes the 3 are hired cheap but when the total of the 3 salaries are added in it is way more than the 1 salary and the job is still not getting done

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NoUserName says... May 3, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

Wait a minute. April's sales/use tax DROPPED? What happened the Amazon tax fixing all our ills given that it should have been included? Yup, about what I thought.

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