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Alabama Legislature seeks solution to budget crisis

July 27, 2015

When Alabama legislators reconvene Aug. 3 in a truncated special session, they will be tasked with resolving the state budget crisis. Before them lay several choices: tax increases, cuts to government services, competing gambling proposals and otherwise robbing Peter (the Education Trust Fund and the recent BP oil spill settlement) to pay Paul (the tapped-out General Fund). The state’s General Fund is facing a projected shortfall of about $200 million for the 2016 fiscal year budget beginning Oct. 1. In the regular session, lawmakers balked at Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposals — which included tax hikes — to raise $541 million in additional revenue. They instead approved slashing funding for various state agencies, a plan that Bentley promptly...

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Stay Connected to The Alabama Baptist — Elizabeth Berg, University of Montevallo

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