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Beebe proposes $163M increase in Ark. budget

Associated Press

(AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe is calling for $117 million in new money for the state's Human Services Department to pay for growth in Medicaid and wants $56 million in additional funding for Arkansas' public schools for the coming year.

Finance officials on Tuesday detailed Beebe's proposed $4.7 billion budget for the year that begins July 1. Beebe's proposal would increase the state's budget by $163 million from the current year. Lawmakers convene for the fiscal session on Feb. 13.

Most of the Human Services increase will go toward the state's Medicaid program. The $56 million boost for public schools stems from a 2% increase that lawmakers had recommended to adequately fund education.

Beebe also proposed $2.1 million in increased funding for prisons and $3.3 million for some higher education institutions.

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