General Fund Budget Approved, Budgets Cut
The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a General Fund budget that slashes $200 million from state agencies after GOP lawmakers could not reach an agreement on tax increases. Representatives voted 66 to 36 for the spending plan today. Most Democrats voted against the budget after criticizing the cuts. The spending plan now goes to the Alabama Senate. Ways and Means Chairman Steve Clouse says he doubts anyone in the House is happy with the budget. He says talks will continue with state senators about possible revenue sources. Governor Robert Bentley called the budget cuts irresponsible. The governor has unsuccessfully sought $541 million in new taxes.