Gov. Mike Beebe told the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention last week that he supports using up to $60 million of the state’s anticipated surplus of $310 million from fiscal 2009 to pay for some of the $146 million of unfunded requests in his preliminary budget for fiscal 2010.

Beebe said the surplus funds would allow the state to cover projected shortfalls in the money available for Medicaid and prisons.

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