Huckabee Warns Assembly to Not Undercut AASIS Funding

December 26, 2002
Posted at: 8:50 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says legislators would be foolish to undercut the state's computerized accounting system when the budget is being developed.

The legislative session starts January 13, and the Arkansas Administrative Statewide Information System remains a touchy topic with some lawmakers. The system cost is now up to $57 million, though it was originally budgeted at $30 million.

It is still unknown how much money will be needed to fix bugs in the system. Some legislators say it may be difficult to find funding for AASIS.

State Senator Jim Argue of Little Rock says he does not want to see money taken from other state programs to fund AASIS. But, he says the state should devote what it can to making sure the parts of the system now in place work as intended.

He says talk of expanding the system should wait. Huckabee says critics of the system had spread inaccurate information which could undermine efforts to develop electronic government for Arkansas.