Bentley: Worst Isn't Over

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the worst isn't over for state agencies trying to keep government running despite severe budget cuts.

Bentley said Friday he expects the budget crisis to continue into the next fiscal year that begins in October, and possibly into 2013.

Bentley's comments came a day after he ordered 15 percent budget cuts for state agencies supported by the General Fund. He says the budget crisis will improve when the state's jobless rate drops from more than 9 percent.

Bentley says he had no choice but to cut the budget since Alabama's Constitution doesn't let the state spend money it doesn't have. He says he is "empathetic and sympathetic" toward any state employee who loses his or her job because of spending reductions.

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  • by na on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    comments do not mean anything to the rich and politican in power............
  • by Silverlady Location: South Alabama on Apr 3, 2011 at 03:45 AM
    As I understood the news report, these cuts are being made to fund medicaid. Okay, what about cutting off some of the medicaid recipients who are driving new vehicles, purchasing the most expensive foods with their EBT cards instead of sale items like working people have to do, or those who are just too lazy to get a job. Oh! I know how sick they are; their doctors will gladly write an excuse any time they want. Where is the honesty and integrity in today's world?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    This is just ONE reason of many they need to allow the casinos reopen...Further more why don't the governor take a paycut since he wants to cut other peoples pay...At this rate unemployment will rise never come down
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      by Wes on Apr 5, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to
      Yep, this is exactly what we need is to open illegal bingo(SLOT MACHINE) halls so that poor people can lose what little money that they do have from, say, Aid To Dependent Children gambling where they can make a few rich people even richer. It is a proven FACT that the people who gamble and LOSE the most are exactly the ones that cannot afford to gamble. The Poster Child for Lottery funded college tuition is the HOPE schorship in Georgia(which is now bankrupt). It has been shown by their own numbers that poor people whose kids do not even finish high school are funding college for upper middle class and upper class citizens children to attend college. The POOR supporting the RICH. Gambling does not produce good jobs. For all of you that think Country Crossings was supporting 1,100 jobs, you should speak to people who worked there. 90% were part-time jobs with no benefits. Just ask Gilley to produce Department of Industrail Relations records showing how many full-time, permnant jobs he had.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 2, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    The budget MUST be cut Emily. If he asked all State employees to take a major pay cut so that no one would lose their jobs would they do it? Or would they do like the Wisconsin teachers who dont want to pay for their own benefits instead of some losing their jobs? When budgets are cut. It is a no win situation. By not raising taxes though it could help stimulate job growth. Especially if the federal government would take all the mandates off all businesses.
  • by Emily Location: south Alabama on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    Let's see you are CUTTING jobs and expecting to LOWER unemployment???? Oh yeah makes perfect sense...
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