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Democratic leaders plan to raise money for General Fund budget

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Democratic leaders in the Alabama House and Senate have proposed a plan they say would pump enough money into the General Fund budget to adequately fund Alabama's Medicaid program.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has said the General Fund budget pending in the Senate is more than $200 million short of what's needed to fund Medicaid.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden and Senate Minority Leader Roger Bedford of Russellville Wednesday offered a plan they said would borrow from an industrial development fund and take money from an education budget savings account. Bedford and Ford said their plan would protect Medicaid.

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard said GOP leaders are meeting with Bentley to discuss ways to fund Medicaid, which might include parts of the Democrats' plan.

Jeremy King, the Governor's Deputy Communcation Director has issued a response to the proposed plans, saying "We have been working on options similar to these for some time and are continuing to explore these and other potential solutions with legislative leaders and stakeholders.  Governor Bentley remains committed to arriving at a solution to this year's General Fund crisis and preserving the state's health care system without raising taxes."

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