Lawmakers Seek Solution to General Fund Budget Shortfall
The clock is ticking in Montgomery as lawmakers continue to look for a solution to the projected General Fund budget shortfall for next year. There are only eight meetings left for the 2015 legislative session. The Alabama House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on a $1.6 billion budget that cuts about $200 million from state agencies. House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the goal is to pass the budget on to the Senate so all lawmakers can work together to find a solution. So far, the majority of lawmakers have rejected Governor Bentley’s plan to fix the budget by imposing $541 million in taxes. Governor Bentley has vowed to veto any budget that calls for deep cuts to state agencies and call a special summer session to balance the budget.