Gov. Bentley Continues Push for Tax Increase
Governor Robert Bentley is continuing the tough talk as he tries to ramp up support for tax increases ahead of a second special session on the budget. The governor said in a Wednesday speech that the state will face a "true crisis" if budget cuts go into effect. The governor said funding cuts to Medicaid, mental health and law enforcement will harm all Alabamians. Bentley said if state parks close because of cuts that he might put up signs naming the lawmakers responsible. The governor is trying to convince legislators to approve $300 million in taxes to fill a projected budget shortfall. A special session ended this month without a budget agreement. The governor said he will call a second special session in early September.