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Arkansas governor proposes $194.6M budget increase for fiscal 2023

by Rachel Herzog | January 11, 2022 at 10:16 a.m.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson presents his proposed $6.04 billion budget for fiscal 2023 to the legislature's Joint Budget Committee in Little Rock on Tuesday. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Tommy Metthe)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented his proposed $6.04 billion budget for fiscal 2023 to lawmakers Tuesday morning.

The Republican governor's proposal is a 3.3% growth in spending from the fiscal 2022 budget, or a $194.6 million increase.

"This is higher than I prefer but the needs of our state and our healthy financial position support that increase," Hutchinson told the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee.

The largest new spending initiative is about $37 million toward getting services to people with developmental disabilities who are on a waiting list.

The governor's presentation kicked off a series of budget hearings taking place ahead of the Arkansas General Assembly's Feb. 14 fiscal session.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the full story.

Information for this article was contributed by Michael R. Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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