Gov. Mike Beebe last week asked legislators to allocate $4.3 million of Arkansas’ expected $310 million surplus in fiscal 2009 to reimburse counties for holding state prisoners in their jails and to keep the Health Department’s in-home program operating until the end of the budget year.

The bid for the $4.3 million appropriation is the governor’s largest request for supplemental funds from the general improvement fund, which is normally used to fund capital projects and meet non-recurring expenses.

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