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Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday he plans to call a special session of the Legislature starting Thursday and that he hopes it will be quick.

He said that a special session is needed to grant him authority to use the state’s $173 million unallocated budget surplus to fill some budget needs after his administration cut the state’s general revenue by $353 million to $5.38 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30.

The general revenue budget cut was triggered by changes resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

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