LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee says he's in no rush to ask the Arkansas Senate to vote on whether to move forward with crafting the state's $4.7 billion budget for the coming year.
Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway told reporters Wednesday the Legislature has a two week window to introduce the major budget known as the Revenue Stabilization bill. The House planned to vote on a resolution that would allow the bill to be introduced, but Republicans in the majority-Democrat Legislature say they want more time while they work on their own budget proposal.
Baker said he thinks the multiple proposals will result in a more vetted budget. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's office has said he thinks the House should move forward with the budget resolution.