Alabama legislators go into the session expecting to have to cut
the education budget for the second year in a row - something no
current member of the Legislature has ever had to do.

The school budget shrank from $6.7 billion in fiscal 2008 to
$6.3 billion this year.

But the governor has had to slice it to $6.0 billion due to dwindling tax collections.

The Legislature's fiscal experts are predicting a drop to $5.7 billion for the fiscal 2010 budget.

That's a $1 billion fall from 2008 to 2010.

For this year, the Legislature approved a $2 billion General
Fund budget to finance non-education agencies, but the governor has had to trim it to $1.8 billion due to the recession.

Next year's forecast from fiscal experts is $1.4 billion.

Gov. Bob Riley and legislative leaders say there is no sentiment
for a general tax increase.

Some legislators are looking at trying to tax gambling.

Others are hoping Congress will help the states by completing an
economic stimulus package.

For Alabama, $3 billion could be at stake.

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  • by DeDe Location: Enterprise on Feb 9, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    I would like to know what the Gov. and the legislature is planning on doing with the problem of Alabamas over crowded prison system.We are running way over 100% capacity more like 183% capacity.This makes our system a time bomb waiting to explode.People need to be looking at this problem and asking the same question that I am asking. WTVY needs to be looking at this problem and informing the public of what is to come.You have like 2 guards to 250 inmates and that is not safe.We need to do something with our system here and also the Judges that are filling these prisons full of non-violent offenders. We need room for murders,rapist,sexual offenders. Wake Up ALABAMA!!!!!!!!!
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