General Fund budget being debated by Senate

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The Senate Tuesday afternoon debated a $1.747 billion General Fund proposal that was expected to pass this evening. The budget closely follows Gov. Robert Bentley’s budget recommendation made last month, with about $3 million more for the state’s court system than Bentley initially recommended, and an increase of $17 million for the Department of Corrections. [...]

Bentley signs bill to repay $437 million to trust fund

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Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation on Wednesday that will repay $437 million to a state savings account over 10 years. Bentley and other state officials vowed to repay the money leading up to the Sept. 18 referendum, when people voted overwhelmingly to support transferring the money from the Alabama Trust Fund to balance the General [...]

Trust Fund repayment bill goes to Gov. Robert Bentley

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The House of Representatives concurred in a Senate amendment Tuesday afternoon that would require repayment of $437 million transferred from the Alabama Trust Fund last year to shore up the state’s General Fund. The legislation was approved 90 to 0, and now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley.  Bentley’s office said in a statement Tuesday he [...]

Senate passes bill repaying $437 million to trust fund

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Both chambers of the Alabama Legislature have passed legislation to pay $437 million back to the Alabama Trust Fund after voters approved moving the funds over three years to avoid deep cuts to Medicaid, prisons and other state programs. On Thursday, the Alabama Senate made changes to the proposal, which now goes back to the [...]