FEBRUARY 13, 2007 - Posted at 3:47 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A state senator from Region 8 vented frustration over the Legislature's inactivity on education funding today by questioning whether lawmakers are setting too many other spending priorities.
Senator Steve Bryles (D-Blytheville) asked the chairman of the Joint Budget Committee whether the state was waiting until it had "just enough" to fund the state's 450,000-student public school system.
Bryles' comments came after lawmakers questioned why a budget for the school system has not yet been filed in the Legislative session.
Governor Beebe last month proposed increasing public school funding $19 billion above a legislative panel's recommendations. But Beebe has not specified where those additional funds should go.
The session is in its sixth week, and legislators have focused on issues other than education.