Gov. Riley pleased with passage of Amendment One

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- Governor Riley says he's pleased that Alabama voters approved Amendment One because it will be needed to balance this year's education and general fund budgets.

The amendment passed 57% to 43%.

Riley said without the amendment, he would have to make cuts in the Alabama reading initiative and other programs that are improving Alabama's public schools.

Amendment One allows state officials to borrow money from a state savings account called the Alabama Trust Fund and pay it back in future years.