Alabama Senate considers $1 billion for roads

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate will need a second day to debate a proposal for spending $1 billion on road and bridge construction projects.

The Senate voted 20-13 Tuesday to begin discussion of the legislation proposed by Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron of Fyffe.

His plan ran into criticism from some Republicans, who got the Senate to recess late Tuesday afternoon without taking a final vote.

The debate will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Barron's plan would take $100 million per year from a state
savings account called the Alabama Trust Fund.

The withdrawals would last for a decade, and the money would be used for road and bridge projects statewide.

Barron said his proposal would create 30,000 jobs.

Some Republicans say the state doesn't need to be spending its savings

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