$5 Billion State Budget Approved as Session Wraps

Little Rock -- The Arkansas legislature passed identical budget bills Wednesday, concluding the fiscal session and setting a $5 billion budget beginning July 1st.

The House and Senate votes fund state government for items like the private option health care expansion, education and corrections.

House Speaker Davy Carter says despite four failed votes on the private option last month before ultimate passage last week, he says he's pleased with the work of colleagues.

"To be able to what we did, working together, Republicans, Democrats I think is remarkable, I'm very proud of that," Carter says.

The House will return to the state capitol on March 19th to adjourn the session "sine die" and elect a new speaker-designate for the session beginning in January 2015.

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