Governor Bentley Proposing Budget Cuts
Governor Robert Bentley is proposing a mix of budget cuts and a shift of education funds to address a shortfall in the state's general fund. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton says the governor is seeking to shift $181-million in use tax funds from the education budget to the general fund. He is simultaneously seeking to tap $181-million from an education savings account so there's no net loss to education spending. The governor's plan will likely set up a battle with lawmakers who oppose any transfer of education funds. Bentley's proposal comes after he was unsuccessful last year in getting a several hundred million dollar tax package through the Legislature.