On April 8th, the Alabama House approved a $1.9 billion budget to fund non-education state agencies for the fiscal year that begins on October 1st. The budget reduces funding for many state agencies by 11% because of the slow economy that has cut into tax revenues. The House voted 97-6 to approve the budget and sent the bill to the Senate. At press time, the Senate Finance Committee had reported the bill out for consideration by the full Senate. While it isn’t a good budget, it may be the best the legislators can do, considering the severe money problems facing state government.
I am told by knowledgeable sources that this budget – in its current shape – is grossly under-funded. If that’s true, we are heading for big problems in this state. This would be a good time for the Alabama Legislature to put our state’s fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, the prospects of that happening aren’t very good and we can thank the special interest lobbyists for that. The legislators are facing a real challenge with this budget. I suspect a conference committee will wind up writing the final budget. But, without more revenues, there will have to be more significant cuts in programs and services.
Source: Associated Press
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