Riley State of The State

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Governor Bob Riley delivers his State of the State speech this evening at 6:30 pm.

Many lawmakers say they're eager to hear Riley's proposal on dealing with the state's financial problems. Riley has until Thursday to propose a General Fund and operating budget.

The state's General Fund is likely to need at least 200 (m) million dollars more next year to maintain current programs like medicaid, state troopers and prisons.

Alabama's other budget, the education budget, is in much different shape than the General Fund. Legislative fiscal experts predict the Legislature will have 554 (m) million dollars more to appropriate next year.

Other issues up for consideration during the 2005 session include a ban on gay marriage and the removal of racist language from the Alabama Constitution.