General Fund Follows Riley's Lead

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state General Fund budget approved by
a legislative committee will fund most state agencies with close to
what Gov. Bob Riley recommended.

But the budget approved by the panel Wednesday gives the
Legislature and courts more than the governor recommended, and it
gives the governor's office less than Riley sought. It also ignores
the governor's request to eliminate special projects for

The measure approved by the House Government Appropriations
Committee spends nearly $1.6 billion from the General Fund for the
fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Committee Chairman John Knight of Montgomery said he hopes to
bring up the budget for debate in the House on Tuesday. Then it
would go to the Senate.

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