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Proposal For State Salary Increases a Bit Iffy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A draft proposal would add almost $47 million annually to the Arkansas state payroll, affecting 34,000 workers.

Officials say the proposal is aimed at boosting entry-level salaries, rewarding long-term workers, and competing with higher-paying jobs in the private sector.

A spokesman for Governor Beebe says Beebe supports the plan but the economy is only going to allow so much. Beebe's $4.5 billion general revenue budget proposal for the next fiscal year provides only about half of the revenue needed to fully implement the pay plan.

 Spokesman Matt DeCample says if state tax revenues exceed forecasts, some of that money could be devoted to raising salaries. He says the governor hasn't decided to scrap the proposal.

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