Trip Pittman

A state tax break that some say sparked a renaissance in downtown Birmingham and elsewhere will end unless Alabama senators agree to extend the program.

A bill to extend the tax credits for seven years has stalled amid opposition from Senate leaders. Sen. Trip Pittman says that he did not anticipate any action on the legislation this year.

The three-year program, approved in 2013, gave up to $20 million in tax credits each year for historic building renovation.

Alabama lawmakers are expected to give their final approval to the General Fund budget later today. That will set up an expected veto by Gov. Robert Bentley over what he calls inadequate Medicaid funding.

Governor Bentley says the spending plan in its current form is unacceptable and he plans to veto it. The budget is $85 million short of the amount Bentley and state Medicaid commissioner Stephanie Azar say is needed to adequately fund the state's Medicaid program.

Alabama State House
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Two Republican legislators who designed Alabama's first proration-free education budget in several years say they are optimistic the state's new education budget will also avoid midyear cutbacks. Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman and House budget committee Chairman Jay Love said Wednesday the first education budget they designed avoided midyear cutbacks due to tight spending controls and an improving economy. It was for the 2011-2012 school year.