Gov. Bentley Proposes Combining Alabama's 2 Budgets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Governor Robert Bentley said he will ask the Legislature to pass a constitutional amendment combining Alabama's two state budgets into one and allowing some money now allocated for education to be spent on state agencies.

Bentley announced the proposal during a speech Tuesday to the Birmingham Kiwanis Club. Bentley said some state agencies are hurting for money, and Alabama is certain to face a lawsuit seeking the release of several thousand prisoners if it doesn't improve prison funding.

Representative Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, said he's glad the governor is proposing a unified budget but it's too early to say how it will be received because there are no details yet.

Bentley said he is also developing plans for a bond issue of up to $2 billion for road projects.


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  • by Yankee Location: Florida on Jan 15, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    All poloticians are the same.....change things to benefit their own agenda....I say impeach all of the poloticians and elect new ones....
  • by Spend More Every day on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    Spend Spend Spend,no difference between political parties they all want to do deplete the Education Trust Fund to be used for their own agenda. You know, back to the Little Red School House.with leaky roofs,no heat or air conditioner and poorly paid teachers that is what is in store for our state. The tax income would improve with the acceptance of a Lottery and Bingo funds that many of our neighbors enjoy. But we're not allowed to vote up or down on any gambling legislation but we can let criminals back on the street early because we can't afford to keep them locked up..
  • by debbie Location: dothan on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    haven't you cut education enough,how about ask legislator to take a cut in pay,everyone else has taken a cut.
  • by bill Location: dothan on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
    when will they learn- do not spend what might come in-our ship is still far out to sea
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