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Mon January 26, 2009
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AP Survey Shows Lawmakers Are Split over How to Trim the Education Budget

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators expect to make deep
cuts in education spending for the next school year, but an
Associated Press survey of lawmakers found sharp differences
between the House and Senate about how to do it.
In the House, 41 percent of those surveyed favor cutting K-12
schools less than two-year colleges and four-year universities.
Only 13 percent of the Senate felt that way.
In the Senate, 50 percent of those surveyed supported reducing
all levels of education equally. Only 30 percent of the House
shared that opinion.
The other legislators had other views or were undecided.
The Legislature convenes Feb. 3. Legislative fiscal experts are
warning that public schools and colleges face a second-straight
year of budget cuts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)