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2:41 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Arkansas Lawmakers Get Glimpse At Governor's Budget Plan

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking earlier this month at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says his budget is relying on surplus funds, revenue growth and cuts to some state agencies to pay for his proposal to cut taxes for the middle class by $102 million a year.

The Republican governor began briefing lawmakers on parts of his budget Tuesday, but delayed unveiling the proposal until next week. Hutchinson said the delay is so he can first address the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion this week.

Senate President Jonathan Dismang said he hopes to present Hutchinson's tax cut proposal to a Senate committee on Wednesday. Hutchinson is proposing cutting income taxes by 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year.

Hutchinson is expected to announce his plans for the future of the state's Medicaid expansion on Thursday.