Arkansas governor outlines proposed $6 billion state budget

By Daniel Breen

Arkansas’ Republican governor has proposed a new state budget that includes funding for higher education, workforce development and services for people with disabilities.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson introduced his roughly $6 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 to lawmakers in a meeting of the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday. He said the proposal reflects an increase of 3.3% over the previous year’s spending.

“This is higher than I prefer, but the needs of our state and our healthy financial position support this increase. The budget also allows for $175 million of built-in surplus, which gives us a cushion that is needed in this time of economic fluctuations,” Hutchinson said.

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