LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Thirty-five Arkansas legislators are backing a bill that would set a cap on how much the state's government can grow each year.
House Republican Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman introduced the bill Thursday. The measure would limit growth in the state's annual expenditures by either 3% or the 3-year average increase in the state's gross domestic product - whichever is less.
Westerman says the goal is to prevent government spending from growing faster than state's economy.
The bill has 29 other sponsors in the House, and five senators have also signed on.
Westerman says Republicans plan to introduce additional legislation that would further restrict state spending.
A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor is reviewing the legislation.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.