Special Session Continues

September 17th

The Special Session of the Alabama Legislature continues today in Montgomery, as lawmakers attempt to draft a bare bones budget.

Gov. Bob Riley opened the session Monday by proposing budgets that provide no money for textbooks, classroom computers or college aid and eliminate funding to scores of programs.

Much of yesterday's discussion focused on cuts in the education budget and included an appearance by state school superintendent Ed Richardson.

The budget slashing follows voters overwhelming rejection of Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan last week.

One of the biggest fights in the Special Session may come over Riley's plan to eliminate the $11 million that Legislators get to hand out to pet projects of their choosing.