LITTLE ROCK — For the second month in a row, Gov. Mike Beebe has released $40,000 from his emergency fund to keep 125 Arkansas trial court assistants from taking unpaid furloughs because of a court funding crunch caused by declining revenues. The money was released Wednesday, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said.

LITTLE ROCK — For the second month in a row, Gov. Mike Beebe has released $40,000 from his emergency fund to keep 125 Arkansas trial court assistants from taking unpaid furloughs because of a court funding crunch caused by declining revenues. The money was released Wednesday, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said.

“The governor said earlier in the fall that he would look at this on a month-to-month basis to monitor the progress to make sure that work was being done toward finding a long term solution and he is confident that work is still being done, so we’re willing to release this money to prevent furloughs in January and we wanted to make sure we announced that before the holidays,” Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said.

Earlier this year, declining revenues from fewer civil case filings, among other problems, resulted in cash-flow problems that jeopardized pay for trial court personnel.

In November, the governor released $40,000 from his emergency funds to prevent layoffs and furloughs this month. Chief Justice Jim Hannah recently recommended in an e-mail to the state’s circuit and district judges that trial court assistants take at least three furlough days in January because of the financial problem.

Hannah also has created a committee of judges and lawmakers to look at the declining revenue and develop a long-term solution.

If that panel does come up with a possible solution, it might be something the Legislature could consider during the fiscal session that begins Feb. 13, DeCample said.

“It could, potentially, yes, because it’s a budget issue,” DeCample said. “As long as it’s looked at from a budget stand point and you’re not changing policy … we expect it to be at least discussed during the legislative session.”