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Alabama Senate passes General Fund Budget legislation

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MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Senate on Tuesday passed the state's proposed $1.7 billion General Fund Budget, providing level funding for most state agencies. The proposal also 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. No stone has been left unturned as we've identified ways to cut spending and operate more efficiently and effectively. I applaud Senator Orr and members of the General Fund Budget Committee for crafting a sound, fiscally responsible budget as we work to make out of limited taxpayer resources."

Orr noted 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. "When most other state agencies were level funded or increased, the Legislature's appropriation was considerably reduced, and the President Pro Tem's appropriation was cut by more than a million dollars. We are making every attempt to give Alabama taxpayers the most cost-effective state government possible, while taking great care to ensure essential services are prioritized and adequately funded."

The proposal now goes to the House.

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