State Cuts

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Gov. Riley is meeting with legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor to discuss what to cut now that voters have overwhelmingly rejected the biggest tax increase in state history.

Some legislators attending the closed meeting at the Capitol today say they expect the first cuts to be to non-state programs, such as private colleges, art programs, museums and medical research organizations.

Riley is expected to call the Legislature into special session Monday to write budgets for the fiscal year starting in three weeks.

Press Secretary David Azbell says the budget cuts will be severe and the governor will unveil his budget plans later this week.