Legislators Have More for Schools, Less for Others

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers will enter their 2014 session Tuesday with more to spend on education programs but less for non-education program.

Legislative Fiscal Office Director Norris Greene told legislators Monday that the money available for education programs in the next fiscal year will be about $134 million more than this year's $5.8 billion education budget.

He said the money available for general fund budget agencies in the next fiscal year will be about $83 million less than this year's $1.8 billion in appropriations. The general fund finances prisons, Medicaid, state troopers and other non-education programs. Green said the taxes flowing into the general fund don't grow with the economy, but those going into the education budget do grow.

Green said both state budgets are still below their pre-recession levels in 2008.

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