- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved taking a half million dollars from the state’s rainy-day fund to replace the security system at the governor’s mansion.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1ZhEk04 ) that the council approved the $500,000 request from Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday without debate. The proposal had been recommended by the council’s Performance and Expenditure Review Subcommittee.

Hutchinson previously distributed $30.8 million from the fund for projects ranging from $7.4 million for 200 more prison beds to $200,000 to replace a cooling system at the governor’s mansion. He has said he uses the fund for emergencies, and for special needs and priorities not included in the $5.1 billion general revenue budget.

Kevin Anderson with the Bureau of Legislative Research says the rainy-day fund now has a balance of $41.2 million.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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