Session moving into endgame

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) - With three weeks to go before the scheduled end of regular business, the biggest issues of the legislative session the budget, Medicaid, taxes and a deal to land a $1.1 billion steel mill remain to be decided.

"You know in the NBA games when there's 30 seconds left and it lasts forever, and they call time out and then they move the ball to half court and it just takes forever? That's where I feel like we are," said House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot.

This week, legislators are expected to take up legislation containing the Beebe administration's proposal to offer incentives, including a $125 million bond issue, to Big River Steel to build a steel mill in Mississippi County. Carter is urging House members to approve the proposal, and Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said last week he likely will vote for it.

Carter and Lamoureux both said they hope to see a deal on tax cuts announced this week as well.

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