Governor Tells Arkansas Agencies To Brace For Possible Cuts

Feb 3, 2017

File photo of Gov. Asa Hutchinson in January 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking several agencies to make contingency plans for potential budget cuts after finance officials announced the state's net revenue had fallen $57 million below forecast.

The Republican governor told reporters Thursday he's asking for the plans as he watches the state's revenue over the next couple months and will decide by March whether to make any adjustments. Hutchinson said the agencies he's asking for plans from include the departments of Human Services, Education and Correction.

The revenue figures were released the day after Hutchinson signed into law his $50 million plan to cut taxes for thousands of low-income residents. That tax cut is set to take effect in 2019 under the law.