LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of the Arkansas House have voted to approve a budget bill without pay raises for prosecutors or judges.
Rep. Kathy Webb spoke for the bill when it was brought up on the floor Monday. Webb co-chairs the Joint Budget Committee, which cut a 1.86 percent cost of living increase for judges and prosecutors from the proposed General Appropriation Act after several lawmakers complained about doling out proposed pay hikes in the current economic climate.
Webb, a Little Rock Democrat, says she's glad to have the bill out of the way as the committee prepares to look at other legislation.
The General Appropriation Act sets funding levels for the executive, legislative and judicial branches. It's the first appropriations legislation that must be approved during the session.