Gov. Bentley Gives Comments on Status of State Parks
Governor Robert Bentley says it will be lawmakers who close state parks—and slash other state services—if they fail to approve new revenue for the budget. The Department of Conservation is working on a contingency plan to close 15 of 22 state parks because of anticipated budget cuts. Bentley spoke today at Guntersville State Park to rally support for his proposed $541 million tax proposal to prevent the cuts. In addition to state parks, Bentley said mental health treatment, services for children, troopers and “everything that is funded by the General Fund” will face cuts. Bentley says the state faces a “real crisis” with its budget.