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    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      Arkansas Gov. BeebeArkansas Gov. Beebe
      Office of Governor Mike Beebe
      State Capitol
      Suite 250
      Little Rock, AR 72201
      Phone: (501) 682-2345
      Fax: (501) 682-1382



      Brandon Sharp, Administrator
      Department of Finance & Administration
      P.O. Box 3278
      Little Rock, AR 72203
      Phone (501) 682-1941
      Fax: (501) 682-1086


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities



      Arkansas is required to pass a “balanced budget." Section 19-4-201 of state law mandates that proposed expenditures shall not exceed estimated available resources.  But Amendment 20 to 1874 the Constitution does permit the State to incur indebtedness with the consent of a majority of the electorate.  As there are no statutory requirements to govern what kinds of assumptions can be made about revenue or expenses, the Arkansas budget will be “unbalanced” in different ways in different years.  Arkansas law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.


      The State of Arkansas has one governmental fund, which is the General Fund.  The State’s budget is adopted in accordance with a statutory cash basis of accounting, which is not in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Although Arkansas budgets its only major fund, the General Fund, it does not budget revenues for that fund.  The State only budgets expenditures. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.


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    • Unions :


      Some state pensions in dire straits

      USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

      Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.


      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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    • Revenue :


      Williams Report - July 21, 2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | July 21, 2014

      The Williams Report is BACK after a one week hiatus. Be honest, you missed it! Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob. 


      States with budget surpluses may not really be in the black

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | July 17, 2014

      State Budget Solutions tracks the claimed surpluses of state budgets and explains why there is more than meets the eye.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.