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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislative leaders are advancing legislation to tap nearly $22 million from the state's surplus to pay for various one-time needs.

The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday endorsed a plan by House and Senate leaders to whittle down the list of requests to use the projected $125 million surplus for various projects.

The projects include additional money for state prisons, broadband for schools and reimbursement for county jails housing state prisoners.

Gov. Mike Beebe and lawmakers had proposed more than $92 million in projects to be funded from the surplus, but legislative leaders said they wanted to leave most of the surplus untouched.

The agreement comes as lawmakers are finalizing legislation outlining the state's $5 billion budget. Lawmakers are expected to get their first look at the budget bill Thursday afternoon.

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  • Dontcallmenames
    March 6, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

    And still no talk of returning the money to the taxpayers...idiot government!

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 6, 2014 at 11:36 a.m.

    So I was over charged on my tax liability(s).

  • flintlock
    March 6, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.

    Oh boy, money!! Let's spend our taxpayers money! Either save it for a rainy day, or return it to the taxpayers.

  • Morgancub
    March 6, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

    If you save it for a rainy day, the rainy day will surely come !!! And it will surely give cause for a "rainy day" to be redefined !!!

  • FarmBoy
    March 6, 2014 at 5:50 p.m.

    They have to spend it because it is there. Can't leave for a bad time but must spend now. Which they may get a piece of or buy some VOTES.. Not good. Could take tax off groceries like promised.