LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are moving closer toward voting on Gov. Mike Beebe's $4.5 billion spending plan this week. Meanwhile, compromises are being sought on lottery-funded scholarships and plans to use General Improvement Fund money for budget needs.
The chairmen of the Joint Budget Committee said they expect the panel to vote this week on the proposed Revenue Stabilization Act — which sets the state's funding priorities for the year based on expected revenues.
Beebe released his proposed spending plan last week after lawmakers complained that they weren't comfortable giving it an early vote without seeing details of the bill.
Lawmakers will also discuss whether to change the state's lottery law to ease the scholarship eligibility requirements for students who graduate from schools identified by the state as grade inflaters.