Two leading Alabama legislators believe next year’s state education budget could be as much as one billion dollars short because of the ailing economy. Rep. Richard Lindsey and state Senator Hank Sanders, who chair the House and Senate committees overseeing the education budget, told the capital press corps that they don’t know exactly where cuts will be made. It will be impossible to cut a billion dollars out of a budget without hurting Alabama citizens. The 2009-10 budget will take effect on October 1, 2009. Budget hearings started on January 12th. Individual departments will make their budget requests. There were reports on the conditions of the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund, which pays for most government costs other than schools, and they weren’t good. The Department of Finance and the Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan agency that handles budget issues, painted a dismal picture about the state’s revenue situation.
Source: Associated Press
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