Governor Bentley Rolls Out Special Session Plans
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state must solve a budget crisis to avoid deep cuts in government services. Bentley today rolled out his plans for a special legislative session focusing on the state budget. Bentley says he believes voters are adamantly opposed to the funding cuts in state parks, Medicaid and mental health that will happen October 1 without new revenue. Bentley has called lawmakers into session beginning Monday, weeks earlier than lawmakers expected. The governor said he is seeking "fair minimal taxes" including a cigarette tax increase, changes to business privilege taxes, and either a soft drink tax or small changes to a state income tax deduction.