general fund

Senate Approves Budget with Prison Funding Boost

The Alabama Senate has approved a state general fund budget that gives additional money to the state prison system to try to comply with a court order to overhaul mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the budget on Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The proposed spending plan would send an additional $51…

Update: Senate Passes General Fund Budget

State senators have approved an Alabama general fund budget after a debate where tempers flared multiple times. The budget passed Thursday, 23-4. Sen. Rodger Smitherman sharply criticized one senator’s unsuccessful proposal to take $600,000 from Birmingham tourism projects. Senators also rejected an amendment that would have cut state agencies’ funding by 3.4 percent to in order to boost highway spending…

Senate Committee Approves Cuts in General Fund Budget

A Senate committee has voted to cut 3.4 percent from the budgets of most state agencies in order to steer $63 million to the state highway department. The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on Wednesday approved the budget cut proposed by Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville. Sanford says his amendment was a way to fund state road…