Financial Set Aside for Consolidation

June 24, 2003 - Posted at: 10:47 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State officials say they'll listen to what legislators think about setting aside federal money to encourage schools to consolidate.

The Huckabee administration said last week that it's setting aside as much as $70 million in federal funds as an incentive for public school consolidation.

But some state legislators don't like the idea. A legislative subcommittee will review the administration's plan for the money next week.

State chief fiscal officer Richard Weiss says the administration can spend the federal money that way without legislative approval. But he says it might not do so if the subcommittee objects.

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