LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has proposed more than $5.8 million in cuts for her office's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 budgets in what the attorney general says is an effort to utilize taxpayer funds more effectively.
“One of my priorities in office has been to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and do more with less,” Rutledge said in a statement. “I have been given a great responsibility as the attorney general and chief law enforcement officer of Arkansas, which is why my office has executed a record number of Medicaid fraud arrests, and has worked to reduce red tape for Arkansas businesses.
"[This] proposal, as has each previous budget in my administration, continues to reduce the office’s overall costs by cutting waste while doing more to protect Arkansans."
Rutledge's proposal includes a 12.1 percent spending cut for fiscal year 2020 and a 10.5 percent decrease in spending for fiscal year 2021, the Attorney General's Office said.