budget

Politics & Government
8:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ala Attorney General Criticizes Budget

lutherstrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he is concerned about what lawmakers' proposed General Fund budget will mean for his office.

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee on Wednesday approved a budget that zeroes out the office's current $7 million appropriation. The budget bill says the office should instead use $7 million from the national settlement with five big mortgage companies.

Strange says it is troubling that lawmakers would not guarantee full funding for the office that prosecutes criminals and is trying the BP oil spill case.

Medicaid Funding
7:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Williamson Says Money Runs Out For Medicaid After 2014

State health officer Don Williamson says he doesn't know where funding for Alabama's Medicaid Program will come from after 2014.
Credit al.com

State Health Officer Don Williamson told Alabama lawmakers that money will be available to fund Alabama's Medicaid program at a minimal level through 2014.

But Williamson told a joint meeting of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees Wednesday he did not know where the money would come from after 2014 to run the health insurance program for the economically disadvantaged.

Williamson is also the interim director of the Alabama Medicaid Program.

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Open Records
5:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request

Governor Robert Bentley has deneid an open records request from a state newspaper.
http://governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million to the state General Fund budget.

The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.

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Alabama Homeland Security
4:04 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Alabama's Homeland Security Steadily Losing Funds

The Alabama Department of Homleand Security has een a steady decline in funding since Sept. 11.
http://www.dhs.alabama.gov/ Ala. Department of Homeland Security

Officials with Alabama's Department of Homeland Security say the agency has been steadily losing funds during the past decade.

The department's federal funding this year is less than one-tenth of what it was in 2003.

Department officials say state funding — $374,000 this year — is used mostly to meet the demands of Alabama's immigration law.