MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With all eyes on him, Governor Robert Bentley's speech came at a time when everyone is desperate for economic solutions.
"It is tough, because you're dealing with people's lives," says Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard.
Both democratic and republican lawmakers admit, the speech was a challenging one to give.
"Dr. Bentley came forward with some very realistic, some very common sense and some very necessary proposals," says Democratic Rep. Thad McClammy.
"I think he showed tremendous leadership and he has also shown a great deal of courage in coming forward with a budget like this," adds Hubbard.
Some lawmakers believe Alabama's financial state isn't a matter of taking sides.
"I think there's no question we recognized some time ago were that we were going to face these challenges. They are upon us now and we must do something to try to correct them," says Democratic Rep. John Knight.
"We're in a position where it's going to take everyone pulling together to make it happen," adds McClammy.
It's a promise lawmakers say they made to Alabamians when they were elected.
"We cannot spend more than we bring in," says Hubbard.
Now, Governor Bentley urges legislators to make difficult decisions about spending and cuts.
Rep. Knight agrees he would do the same thing.
"If I was in his position, I would probably be making some of the same recommendations."