Ala. Dems want $1 billion in road projects

Sen. Lowell Barron (D)
Sen. Lowell Barron (D)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrats in the Alabama Senate want to take $1 billion from a state savings account and spend it on road and bridge construction.

Sen. Lowell Barron and other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus said Wednesday they will make the proposed constitutional amendment a priority in the legislative session beginning next month.

Barron tried to pass the same proposal in the spring legislative session, but he failed by two votes. Barron said much has changed since then because Alabama's unemployment has gone up and some vacant Senate seats have been filled.

He said spending $100 million per year from the Alabama Trust Fund for 10 years would create jobs and make highways safer.

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