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Some foster parents see funding cut in half

Room and board payments to some foster parents in Arkansas will be cut in half in the fiscal year starting July 1.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Room and board payments to some foster parents in Arkansas will be cut in half in the fiscal year starting July 1.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says $35 million in tax cuts approved during this year's legislative session is the reason for the cuts.

The payments are being reduced to keep the Department of Health and Human Services' Children and Family Services Division within its budget.

Starting July 1, therapeutic foster parents will see their payments reduced from between $410 and $500 a month to between $205 and $250 a month.

Beebe spokesman Grant Tennille told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the Legislature changed a "very tight" budget created by Beebe by adding the tax cuts. Tennille said all agencies had to take a cut.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

 

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