License Offices Closures a Funding Problem
Governor Robert Bentley says lawmakers will have to come up with funding to reopen 31 rural driver's license offices that were closed because of budget cuts. The governor today called the closures a funding problem. Bentley said he has sympathy for the areas, but said lawmakers chose this when they rejected tax increases. Earlier in the week, Governor Bentley spoke to TV24 about the license office closures. The closures have come under fire from legislators and other critics who questioned if they were necessary. Governor Bentley says there is the possibility of having offices open twice a month instead of once a week.The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced the closures last month to better staff existing offices. An ALEA spokeswoman said last week that travel to the rural offices cost $100,000 annually.