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More bad news as Alabama Legislature convenes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama could get about $1 billion over two years for public education from the federal economic stimulus package.

The governor told high school students Monday in a live telecast that the stimulus package would allow Alabama to avoid making more big cuts in education spending. But he says Alabama is looking at widespread layoffs and larger class sizes if the stimulus package fails in the U.S. Senate.

Riley made his remarks shortly before the state Finance Department released a report showing sales tax collections are down nearly 9 percent and income tax collections down about 8 percent through the first four months of the state's fiscal year.

Those two taxes are the primary sources of funding for Alabama's public schools.

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