Alabama Senate to vote on general fund

Del Marsh Robert Bentley

The Alabama Senate is headed to a budget vote as they wrap up a session marred by frustrations and disagreements over a hole-filled general fund.

Senators will vote Thursday afternoon on the budget that will include significant cuts to state agencies. Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement this session on revenue.

Sen Bobby Singleton, a Democrat from Greensboro, said Republican legislators should be ashamed of the budget.

The Republican-controlled Legislature rejected a call by Gov. Robert Bentley, also a Republican, for $541 million in new taxes to fill the budget hole, repay debts and provide additional money for state agencies.

Senate Rules Chairman Jabo Waggoner says the plan is to adjourn the session after the budget is passed.

Legislators say they are largely resigned to a special session sometime this summer.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.


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