Riley Increases Education Cuts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Bob Riley has increased cutbacks in the Alabama education budget because of declining tax collections.

Riley had declared 9 percent proration in December. But he increased it 2 percentage points to 11 percent Friday.

Riley said tax collections for education have dropped 10 percent since December.

At the same time he increased proration, he took the remaining $116 million out of a state rainy day fund to help schools from having a worse spending cut.

Riley says the latest cutback means the state will spend $5.7 billion on education this fiscal year. That's down $1 billion from fiscal 2008.

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