Cut-Filled Budget Resurrected in Senate
A Senate budget committee has resurrected a cut-filled budget that Governor Robert Bentley vetoed in June as lawmakers remain at an impasse over taxes and revenue. The Senate committee today rejected a House plan that would have gutted the state's Medicaid program. Instead, members approved a budget identical to the one that lawmakers passed in June that slashes $200 million from state agencies. Budget committee chairman Senator Arthur Orr said lawmakers will continue looking for an agreement on revenue. He expects lawmakers will be back in a second special session. Governor Robert Bentley has called the cuts unacceptable. Senate and House leaders met with Governor Bentley today to talk about the final days of the special session which must end Tuesday.