Lawmakers Recommend Status Quo On Raises For Themselves, Other Arkansas Officials

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas lawmakers have recommended no raises for themselves or other state elected officials as the state faces a budget crunch in the coming year.

The Joint Budget Committee wrapped up pre-session budget hearings Wednesday with the recommendation to keep salaries level for legislators, judges, prosecutors and constitutional officers.

Gov. Mike Beebe last week cut $106 million from this year’s budget and said that state workers would not get a raise under the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

The Legislature will convene Feb. 8 for a session dealing primarily with budget issues. It’s the first session under a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to meet annually, rather than every other year.

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