LITTLE ROCK â€” A boost in sales and income tax collections pushed Arkansas' revenue in August slightly above that of August 2013 and above what was expected, state finance officials said Wednesday.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue last month totaled $398.3 million, which $10.5 million above August 2013 and $12.3 million above what had been forecast. The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totaled $801.4 million, which is $3.4 million above the same point last year and $2.5 million above forecast.
The Saline County Fair Association will sponsor the annual junior livestock auction Saturday morning at the county fairgrounds.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Mollie Wright, spokesperson for the county fair board, said the auction provides local residents and businesses an opportunity to help support youth with their projects by donating "add-on" money or purchasing the animals for pets or other uses.Â
"Each year several youth between the ages of 7 and 19 from across Saline County travel to the fair for a chance to compete in the junior livestock show and sale," Wright said.
Arkansans will have a chance to vote on whether to raise the statewide minimum wage during the November election.
Secretary of State Mark Martin announced Tuesday that the Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage has met signature requirements and will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.