September Referendum

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.
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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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September Referendum
5:11 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Gov. Bentley Succeeds Where Predecessors Failed

Governor Bentley succeeds where previous two governors failed.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has done something neither of Alabama's last two governors could do: Get voters to turn out in a special election to pass a major initiative defining their administrations.


Bentley said the constitutional amendment withdrawing money from the Alabama Trust Fund didn't involve moral issues like Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery vote in 1999 or tax increases like Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan in 2003.

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Voter Turnout
4:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

22 Percent Turnout For Alabama Special Election

22 percent of Alabama's voters turned out for the September 18th budget referendum.

About 22 percent of Alabama's voters turned out to approve a constitutional amendment withdrawing $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the state General Fund budget for the next three years.

Unofficial returns compiled by The Associated Press show about 600,000 of Alabama's 2.67 million voters participated in Tuesday's special election, and they approved the constitutional amendment 65 percent to 35 percent.

September Referendum
4:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Alabama Voters Approve Budget Proposal 2-To-1

Alabama voters have passed a constitutional amendment to balance the state budget.
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Alabama voters have decided by a 2-to-1 margin to support the withdrawal of $437 million from a state trust fund to help balance the General Fund budget for the next three years.

Gov. Robert Bentley called it a temporary funding bridge to maintain essential state services while state officials work on right-sizing government.

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September Referendum
4:44 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Turnout Light For Alabama's $437 M Referendum

Turnout for the constitutional amendment vote has been light.

Election officials say the turnout for Alabama's single-issue election is light.

Voters are deciding Tuesday whether to take $437 million out of a state trust fund to help balance the state General Fund budget for the next three years.

Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen says the turnout in his south Alabama county could end up between 10 and 13 percent. Election officials in other counties say turnout picked up when the rain stopped, but it's still going to be small.

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September Referendum
5:24 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Tuscaloosa Real Estate Developer Plans No Vote Campaign For Sept. 18

Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate says he's planning a no vote campaign for Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.
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Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.

Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years.

September Referendum
4:40 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No New Taxes If Vote Fails

Gov. Bentley says no new taxes if voters vote no on a budget proposal Sept. 18.
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million out of a state trust fund to use for the state General Fund budget. Bentley said he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. Bentley said he will also veto any broad-based taxes passed by the Legislature. Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur said the governor's no-tax position means it's almost certain the Legislature won't pass a tax.