Governor Bentley Vetoes a Bleak General Fund Budget
Governor Robert Bentley has vetoed a bleak general fund budget that he said would hurt the people of Alabama. Governor Bentley says the budget approved by lawmakers Thursday night is unworkable and will hurt the people of Alabama. He vowed to bring lawmakers back into special session this summer. The budget cuts $200 million from state agencies after lawmakers failed to agree on tax increases or revenue. The House of Representatives overrode Governor Bentley's veto, but the Senate had adjourned for the session so the action was meaningless. The veto leaves state agencies without a spending plan for a fiscal year that begins October 1. The action came after months of unsuccessful behind-the-scenes negotiations by legislators on revenue ideas and warnings by Governor Bentley that the cuts would cause dramatic reductions in state services.