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Beebe to Re-Open State's Office in Washington, DC

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe says he plans to reopen an Arkansas state office in Washington, DC.

The office will have two staff members.  Beebe says the office will be used to help the state with federal issues.  Beebe has not set a date for re-opening the office.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee had five people working in the office.  A spokeswoman for Huckabee says the office helped him with his increased responsibilities with the National Governors Association and the Education Commission of the States during Huckabee's second full term.

Beebe has not said how much the office will cost the state.

In its last year under Huckabee, the state spent $306,000 on the Washington operation.  The workers were not kept when Beebe took office, but the state is still paying $3,000 per month rent on the office space near the U.S. Capitol.

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