The governor of Arkansas cut the state budget by $70 million back in April as the experts watched revenue coming in and tax refunds going out— and didn’t like what they saw. Then, in the last few weeks, things reversed themselves. Tax collections rebounded and the finance people say income tax refunds were “much lower than expected.”
So somebody asked the governor if he’d made a mistake back in April.
The governor’s reaction was 100 percent Asa Hutchinson, a little lawyerly, a lot laid back. He’s not exactly thin-skinned. Call him the anti-Trump. So we’ll say it: This is called good, conservative, responsible budget management. If you looked at your household expenses one month, and decided to put off the new gutters until the fall but the bills ended up allowing for it a few months earlier, did you make a mistake? Or is it better to come out ahead than behind when budgeting?
The administration restored most of April’s cuts last week. Our considered editorial opinion: This is better than slashing the budget and sending employees home to make ends meet. No mistake about it.