September 19, 2003 - Posted at: 8:18 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Two years into operation of the state's computer system, the budgeting feature still doesn't work. So now the state has hired a Little Rock firm to replace it.
The computer system has been a sore point between Governor Huckabee and legislators, who argue the system is underperforming and overbudget.
The system's support center hired Protech Solutions for up to $750,000. State budget director Mike Stormes says it's to build a new traditional budgeting system for the state to start using in April or May.
Stormes says the state also sought bids from companies to develop a performance-based budgeting system to handle progress reports for state agencies by January. That's separate from the agreement with Protech.