Ala. Senate Panel Oks General Fund Spending Plan

Montgomery, AL – An Alabama Senate Committee has passed a General Fund budget that depends on voters approving the transfer of money from an oil and gas revenue savings account and from education funds to pay for the state's Medicaid program.

The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee voted 7-0 for a $1.4 billion budget that would require voters to approve a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 general election. The amendment would partly fund the cash-strapped Medicaid Agency by transferring $184 million from the oil and gas account and from education funds.

The budget now goes to the full Senate, where it is expected to come up for debate Wednesday. Committee chair Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur said ultimately the budget's fate will be decided in a House-Senate conference committee.

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