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‘It’s not perfect,’ Gov. Bentley says, but General Fund budget is approved

September 24, 2015

Like a family that lives paycheck-to-paycheck, so the state of Alabama had to adjust its General Fund budget to avoid a $200 million shortfall for the fiscal year 2016 that begins Oct. 1 — and the potential government shutdown that would have ensued.  Thankfully legislators came to an agreement Sept. 16 with a vote of 23 to 9 in the Senate and 71 to 21 in the House, approving the $1.7 billion budget and squeezing out $166 million in new revenue, along with ending the special session that began Sept. 8.  But the agreed upon budget didn’t come easily. It took a grueling six months and two special legislative sessions before legislators agreed on the new budget. It was finalized with Gov. Robert Bentley’s signature Sept. 17. The new budget, which is...

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