Bentley Proposes Mix of Budget Cuts, Education Funding Shift

annbentleyrobertgovernor.jpgAlabama Gov. 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 on Wednesday briefed reporters on the governor’s budget plan.

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.

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