House Overrides Governor's Veto of Education Budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --  The Alabama Legislature has rejected a final attempt by Gov. Bob Riley to reduce the record six billion dollar education budget to make room for a tax cut for most state residents.

The House and Senate voted Wednesday night override the governor's veto of the education budget. Riley had asked lawmakers to reduce the spending plan by 60 million dollars. He said that would be enough to expand a proposed tax cut to most Alabama residents.

The House voted 63 to 38 to reject the governor's proposed amendment and then voted 89 to 10 to override Riley's veto. The Senate then voted 26 to nine to override the governor's veto. That means the spending plan will take effect on October one.

Earlier today, a House committee approved a one point 65 billion dollar budget for non-education state agencies.

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