Legislature Wraps up Session

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas legislators recessed their session today with hopes that their work will end the the long-running school-funding case.

The House and Senate will return May 1 to tidy up any unfinished business or respond to gubernatorial vetoes, as they normally do after a regular session.  But Governor Beebe indicated he has no quarrel with their work.

Beebe predicted the session would be a landmark in the Lake View case.  Legislators approved nearly a half-billion dollars to repair dilapidated school buildings and boosted school funding by $121 million.

Lawmakers also passed nearly $200 million in tax cuts, the largest package of tax relief in state history.  It included cutting the six-cent state sales tax on groceries in half, in light of the state's anticipated $919 million surplus.

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