Joint Budget Passes Spending Bill

April 15, 2003
Posted at: 7:51 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Joint Budget Committee this evening passed a bill outlining spending priorities for the next two years.

The bill was moving over to the Senate for immediate consideration.

The measure includes $90 million in proceeds from a proposed 15 percent increase in the state tobacco tax. A bill to bring about that tax is pending in the House. The budget measure also counts money from the state's property tax relief fund and
unclaimed property fund.

The House has gone home for the night and is to convene tomorrow to consider any action tonight by the Senate.

The Legislature is to end its regular session tomorrow.

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