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Across the Board Cuts Expected in State Budget

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Cuts are expected in the new Alabama state budgets that take effect October first.

Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state

Education budget will force a second year of across-the-board cuts.

But it's unclear what the size of those cuts would be.

State superintendent of education Joe Morton is forecasting 6 percent.

Officials have already warned most general fund agencies to expect a 3 percent reduction in their appropriations for the first nine months of the fiscal year.

The state hopes to make up the difference in the final three months if an economic upturn begins.

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