LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected a hefty cut to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's budget that would have laid off all but one of his staffers.
The personnel subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday rejeted the proposal to cut Halter's budget by more than $230,000. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Keith Ingram would have reduced Halter's budget from $366,695 a year to $129,580.
Ingram also proposed cutting Halter's full-time staff from four to one.
Ingram said he didn't believe Halter needed that large of an office because the lieutenant governor's job is part-time. The lieutenant governor presides over the senate and serves as governor when the state's chief executive is out of town or unable to perform his duties.