Alabama General Fund Budget

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9:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Lawmakers Try to Keep Settlement Local, Baldwin Task Force Talks School Funding

Robertsdale High School, Robertsdale, Ala.

State lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin Counties are drafting legislation to try and keep a large portion of the BP oil settlement money near Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The proposed bill would request $500 million of the $1 billion currently destined for the state’s General Fund budget to instead be dedicated to the Gulf region. The projects that legislators would like to see funded in the area are primarily major road construction.

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9:21 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Legislature Adjourns Special Session, Monroeville Celebrates New Novel

Alabama State House
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The Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives began their special legislative session yesterday, then quickly adjourned for three weeks.

Governor Robert Bentley had surprised lawmakers who were expecting the session to begin in August by calling it on just a few days’ notice. The session is necessary after lawmakers failed to pass a General Fund budget for the fiscal year beginning in October.

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9:23 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Legislators May Adjourn Special Session, Alabama Drought Conditions

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling legislators into a special session Monday to hammer out a General Fund Budget, but legislators may have other plans.

An e-mail sent from House Speaker Mike Hubbard to members of the House of Representatives hints at plans to circumvent the session. The e-mail describes a plan put forth by Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to convene the legislature as asked on Monday, then immediately adjourn until August 3rd.

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9:13 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Lawmakers Back in Montgomery, AARP Back to Work Program

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard

Members of the Alabama House of Representatives are returning to Montgomery today for what the speaker's office is calling a "legislative workday," despite the legislative session having ended and lawmakers being unable to take any official action.

Representatives plan to convene this morning at 10 a.m. The budget committee and several budget-related task forces plan to meet in the afternoon.

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Newscast
9:21 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Special Session Looming, Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

Novelist Harper Lee
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Alabama’s legislators will be headed to a special session later this summer to devise a working General Fund budget.

The Senate passed a budget late last week that included $200 million in cuts to various state agencies. Governor Robert Bentley vetoed that budget, calling it “unworkable” and extremely damaging to Alabama residents.

APR’s political commentator Steve Flowers says one of the main reasons the General Fund budget was so difficult to pass is what lawmakers were hearing from the people they represent.

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Newscast
9:20 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Bentley Vetoes General Fund Budget, Moon Rock in Mobile

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley has vetoed an austere General Fund budget that included massive cuts for state agencies across the board.

Bentley says the budget approved by lawmakers last night is unworkable and would seriously hurt the people of Alabama. He vows to bring lawmakers back into special session this summer to come up with a new solution.

The budget would have cut $200 million from state agencies after lawmakers failed to agree on tax increases or any new sources of revenue.

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Newscast
9:31 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Senators to Pass Austere Budget, Huntsville School Desegregation Committee Seeking Parents

Alabama State Senate

Alabama legislators are desperate to end a legislative session marked by frustration and disagreements over how to handle a gaping hole in the state's General Fund budget.

The Alabama Senate will vote today on a General Fund budget expected to include significant cuts after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on new taxes or moving revenue from the state's education budget.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says a special session to try and patch some of those budget holes is looming.

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Newscast
9:23 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Education Budget Becomes Law, Senate Struggles With General Fund

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says lawmakers will pass a General Fund budget, and did not rule out adjourning the session early after the budget is passed.

Marsh says lawmakers will concentrate their final meeting days on bills that could save money or generate some funds for the cash-strapped General Fund budget.

However, the Republican Senate leader cautioned the bills weren't enough to make a "big change" in the budget that faces a $200 million shortfall next fiscal year.

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Newscast
9:19 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Perilous Budget Picture as Time Runs Out, Gulf Shrimp Season Opens Tomorrow

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr

Alabama lawmakers are entering the final stretch of current legislative session, and their biggest challenge is still unsolved: a $200 million shortfall in the General Fund budget.

Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Chairman Arthur Orr said yesterday he believes most legislators have resigned themselves to a special session.

Legislators have been unable to agree on tax increases or shifting money from the education budget to avoid cuts to state agencies.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Time Expires on Gambling and Revenue Bills, House Passes Scholarship Reform

Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

Time has run out on a bill to legalize gambling and a state lottery in Alabama, and efforts to avoid deep state budget cuts may be too little too late as well.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s gambling bill didn't get a floor vote on the Senate yesterday, and legislative rules make it extremely difficult to pass controversial Senate bills in the final four days of the 30-day session.

Senators also adjourned yesterday before voting on a bill to transfer $100 million from the Education Trust Fund to the cash-strapped General Fund.

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Newscast
9:30 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Clock Ticking on Both General Fund Budget and State Lottery Bill

Alabama State House
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Time is running out for the Alabama Legislature to work out a general fund budget, but the state Senate is beginning to iron out the details.

State agency heads told members of the Senate Budget Committee yesterday that proposed cuts will close circuit clerk offices, slash Medicaid services and send state prisons into a danger zone of crowding and violence.

Committee Chairman Arthur Orr says there are close to $150 million in revenue-generating bills under discussion that could reduce the cuts if they win legislative approval.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Wed May 20, 2015

House Passes Steep Cuts in Budget Bill, Blue Bell Explains Layoffs

Alabama Representative Steve Clouse

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a General Fund budget that slashes $200 million from state agencies, after GOP lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on tax increases.

Representatives voted 66-36 for the spending plan yesterday. Most Democrats voted against the budget after criticizing the cuts.

The budget bill now heads to the Alabama Senate. House Speaker Mike Hubbard says his plan is to work with Senators for the rest of the legislative session to avoid some of the state agency cuts.

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Newscast
10:03 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Time Crunch for State Budget, NASA Robotics Mining Competition

Alabama engineering student Kellen Schroeter adjust his team's mining robot.

With only eight days left in the current legislative session, state lawmakers are running short on both time and options to patch a $200 million hole in the General Fund Budget.

The Alabama House of Representatives is set to vote tomorrow on a budget draft totaling $1.6 billion for next year. That would cut around 200 million dollars from funding for a wide variety of state agencies. House Speaker Mike Hubbard says his aim is to get that budget onto the Senate floor, and then work with Senators on a possible solution to avoid those cuts.

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Newscast
9:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

General Fund Budget Taking Shape, Alabama Unites for Nepal

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama’s general fund budget is slowly starting to take shape after some action in the state house.

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee has approved a budget that makes deep cuts to state agencies. The budget would cut Medicaid, mental health and state prisons corrections by five percent. Other state agencies would be cut by nine percent.

This proposal would impact the general fund budget. Alabama’s schools are funded by a separate spending plan.

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Newscast
9:20 am
Wed May 13, 2015

GOP waits on tax vote, oil train regulations and fallen Alabama officers honored

Aftermath of a 2013 oil train derailment in Aliceville, AL.
Credit Reuters

The Alabama House of Representatives has delayed debate on a series of GOP-backed tax bills aimed at solving the state's General Fund Budget shortfall.

Yesterday, leaders in the legislature chose not to debate that series of tax bills that have divided Alabama’s Republican party. House Rules Chairman Mac McCutcheon says the budget bills are still being worked on.

The main piece of legislators’ new revenue plan is a 25-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

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