Governor optimistic on reaching Special Session budget solution

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Gov. Robert Bentley says he’s optimistic about getting a budget agreement in a Special Session this summer despite the gridlock that plagued lawmakers in the spring.

Bentley on Monday said he will begin reaching out to lawmakers this week on revenue ideas for the general fund.

Bentley on Thursday night vetoed a budget that would have cut $200 million from state agencies.

Legislators rejected Bentley’s call for $541 million in new taxes with some saying they would not violate campaign pledges against new taxes.

Bentley said some of those lawmakers voted for local tax bills or a bill to let agencies raise fees.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.


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