House passes proposed budget, now heads to Senate Committee
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A proposed budget was introduced on Friday in the Alabama Legislature.
The proposed budget replaces $22 million that was lost when the business privilege tax was carried over, and it level funds corrections, Medicaid and provides money for prison reform.
Other top programs which used to be level funded, including courts, DHR, mental health and public health, will be cut by 2.5 percent under the proposed budget.
Every other program also saw an additional 2.5 percent cut, meaning that most programs are actually going to see a 10 percent cut from last year.
On Thursday, eight revenue bills were up for debate, some of which involved higher taxes to help the state make up for a $200 million budget shortfall.
Things were flowing smoothly until the business privilege tax lost support after lobbying efforts.
The House would have to all of this all over again, however, if the Senate does not pass the taxes that the House passed on Thursday. Those bills are currently in the Senate Committee.
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