Alabama
5:48 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bentley Outlines Cuts, Options If Budget Plan Dies

Montgomery, AL – Alabama's governor says he will likely be forced to make double-digit spending cuts if voters reject a constitutional amendment that would let him balance the state's General Fund budget by taking money out of a state savings account.

Bentley told a Montgomery civic club Tuesday that more spending reductions aren't a good plan. And he's cautiously optimistic voters will approve taking $146 million from the Alabama Trust Fund annually for three years.

Bentley says he may be forced to call a special legislative session if the constitutional amendment fails Sept. 18 and budget cuts cause state programs to crash.

Bentley says ``everything will be on the table'' for the special session, including raising fees and eliminating tax breaks.

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