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Voters Decide on Special Referendum

Voters will head to the polls next Tuesday, to decide if Alabama lawmakers should transfer money into the general budget in order to keep day-to-day government operations.

The Alabama state general fund is stretched to capacity, and now legislators want the people to decide what should be done in a time of crisis, the voting options to the proposal? Yes or no.

Voting is the right of every American citizen.
Tuesday voters will decide on proposed state legislation to transfer millions of dollars to the state's general fund.
The proposal can be confusing but here is a break down of what will happen if voters vote yes September 18th.

The state of Alabama has two places that it holds money, one is the general fund which has essentially change in it right now, then the state has a trust fund which can act as a savings account for a rainy day. The account has 3.3 billion dollars in it, so what the legislation will do is break into the piggy bank to move millions of dollars over the next three years.

And many local political officials want voters to okay that move

"This will create that the state needs in order to finalize their general budget. If it doesn't pass we've got to pay for a special session and i don't want them to try to take the money out of the education trust fund in order to balance their general fund budget," says Jennifer Adams, Houston county democratic chairman.

"The issue on the 18th is to borrow money and pay back that money clearing the old debt and then borrowing it again, now that sounds like a lot of shuffling, but that will be the process to clear the old debt," says john Gormley, Houston county republican chairman.

So what will happen if the vote doesn't pass?

In that case, the state would have to cut some 2-hundred million dollars from the general fund budget in order to keep operations afloat.

If those cuts were to happen the agencies affected the most would be the medical field, roadways and prisons.

That's something Charles Faulkner is upset about.

"It would be disastrous for Alabama. I think it will have a terrible affect on mental health hospitals, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, etc," says Charles Faulkner C.E.O. of the wiregrass medical center.

Groups that could be affected if the voters say no.

Governor Bentley has promised to put the $437, 000,000.00 back into the trust fund, we will see what voters decide.


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