Leaders Look for Ways to Survive Budget Cuts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama legislators and department heads are trying to figure out how to manage state government under the more than 10 percent budget cuts announced by Gov. Robert Bentley for the reminder of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Law requires that the budget be balanced and equal cuts are applied to all departments.

Department heads said they may be forced to cut or reduce some needed services, such as inspections of gas pumps to make sure when you buy 10 gallons of gas, you are actually getting 10
gallons.

Some legislators are looking at ways to raise a little extra cash. But many, particularly members of the Republican majority in the House and Senate, took pledges that there would be "no new taxes" when they ran for office.


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