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Ala. Senate passes General Fund budget

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The Alabama Senate Tuesday night passed the state's proposed $1.7 billion General Fund Budget by a vote of 22-9. The legislation now moves to the House for its consideration.

The proposal includes the first installment toward repaying money borrowed from the Alabama Trust Fund and provides the state court system with an additional $2.8 million over what was initially recommended by Governor Robert Bentley. 

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh commended Senate General Fund Budget Committee Chairman Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) for the maximizing resources and crafting a fiscally responsible budget. 

"Alabama is fortunate that, unlike the federal government, our Constitution requires that we live within our means and not spend more than we take in," Marsh said. "Working with Governor Bentley, the Legislature has made significant strides toward reducing the overall size and cost of state government."

Orr said that under the Senate-passed budget, funding for the Legislature and President Pro Tem's office was reduced by roughly $1.7 million from FY 2013. 

"As we're asking state agencies to cut costs and do more with less, it's important to point out that the Legislature is leading by example," Orr said. 

The budget does not include a cost-of-living raise for state workers, but it encourages Governor Bentley to lift a freeze on merit raises.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Associate Press and Press Office for Sen. Pro Tem Marsh

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