Hutchinson budget includes teacher payraise

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UPDATE: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson laid out his budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday morning.

Hutchinson’s plan sets aside $60 million to raise the state’s minimum salary for public school teachers by $4,000 over the next four years, from $31,800 to $36,000.

The proposal also increases the budget for Arkansas State Police by $2.3 million. This new funding will allow for 24 new State Troopers over the next two years and will establish an annual trooper school in order to maintain troop strength. His budget also includes $900,000 for the new Northwest Arkansas Crime Lab in Lowell.

Click here to view Governor Hutchinson’s budget presentation to the legislature.

ORIGINAL:

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will present his budget to legislators this morning.

This budget is for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Click here to watch Hutchinson’s budget presentation live.

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