Citing better-than-expected revenues during the first five months of fiscal 2011, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe last week ordered the Department of Finance and Administration to reinstate cost-of-living adjustments, career-service recognitions, and merit pay for state employees.

The latest monthly revenue report said fiscal 2011 revenues totaled $1.88 billion through November, more than $25 million above expectations. Total tax collections are up 2.4%, with sales tax revenue posting a 4.7% increase.

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