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House budget resolution delayed as GOP proposes $21M in cuts

A budget resolution was held up in the House on Wednesday as Republicans proposed a budget alternative with $21 million in additional cuts.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A budget resolution was held up in the House on Wednesday as Republicans proposed a budget alternative with $21 million in additional cuts.

House minority leader John Burris told reporters Wednesday evening that he met with governor Mike Beebe's office to propose cuts to 11 state agencies.

Earlier on Wednesday a resolution requiring 67 members to vote in approval was passed over for concerns there wasn't enough support for it.

"It's the right decision, we're just not ready," Burris said.

So instead, the House quickly passed a handful of agency spending bills.

House speaker Robert Moore (D-Arkansas City) told reporters afterwards he's not sure they'll try to pass the key resolution on Thursday either.

"I'm optimistic,” Moore said. “I'd like for it to but genuinely there's just communication that is going on and as you all know, that is part of the process."

"Would there be a need to communicate though if you had the votes?" FOX16’s David Goins asked.

"No," Moore answered.

Burris says House and Senate Republicans have their own ideas. They're just waiting for a chance to present them.

"I mean, I think that's fair," Burris said.
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