Gov. Mike Beebe declined his 3.85 percent pay increase in January, saying that he didn't want a raise during a recession. Lawmakers later reduced the pay increase to 3.3 percent, but Beebe said he'd decline that as well.
An attorney general's opinion issued Monday says that the state must issue the salaries that are approved by lawmakers. But the opinion, requested by state Auditor Jim Wood, says there are no prohibitions against a constitutional officer returning his or her salary to the state Treasury after it's paid out.