Del Marsh says Alabama lawmakers will vote on budget

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says lawmakers will pass a general fund budget, but did not rule out adjourning the session early after it is passed.

Marsh said Tuesday that lawmakers will concentrate their final meeting days on bills that could save money, or generate some funds, for the cash-strapped state general fund.

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.

Marsh says senators anticipate voting on the budget Thursday. That would leave one meeting day remaining in the 2015 legislative session.

Some legislators have discussed the possibility of adjourning the session Thursday. Marsh has said that was a possibility, but he wants to see lawmakers stay for the duration.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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