Legislature likely to stay past Friday deadline

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Legislation setting state spending priorities showed little movement Wednesday, making it likely that the General Assembly won't meet its Friday deadline to wrap up business.

Meanwhile, the Joint Budget Committee endorsed an appropriation bill Wednesday that would grant a 2 percent raise to the state's judges and prosecutors, and a co-chairman of the panel said he expects rank-and-file state employees to get the same pay increase in separate legislation, but not legislators or the executive branch officials.

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee planned to meet Thursday to consider House tax cut proposals, along with several Senate proposals. Senate leaders also said the Revenue Stabilization Act, the legislation that sets the state's spending priorities for next fiscal year, will most likely be released Thursday. That bill must sit on members' desk for three days before it can be approved.

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