House rejects Senate's General Fund budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley and the Alabama House aren't happy with the $2.5 billion General Fund budget approved by the state Senate on Tuesday night.

The Senate's version of the budget cut the Department of Corrections $9 million below what the House had approved.

The Senate used that money to expand the state Children's Health Insurance Program and give appropriations to festivals, rescue squads and civic organizations.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday to reject the Senate's version of the budget and sent it to a conference committee to try to work out differences.

Riley criticized the Senate's budget for funding "pork projects" all over the state.

He also said now is not the time economically to be expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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