The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised budget that reduces its projection for money raised for scholarships by $3 million to $78.2 million. It also voted to close three regional prize claim centers in a cost-cutting move.
The Department of Finance and Administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a $250,000 Arkansas State Claims Commission award to a technology company that offered to help collect tax revenue for the state, the agency's chief counsel said Wednesday.
A proposed $2 fee increase on license plate decals would likely not cover the costs to build a new, roughly $100 million prison, an official from the Bureau of Legislative Research told lawmakers Tuesday.
The state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking.