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State Lawmakers Consider General Fund Budget

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A debate in the Alabama House is resuming debate on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget after stalling earlier in the week.
They budget would be used to fund non-education services such as
prisons, state troopers and Medicaid.
Consideration of the budget stalled Tuesday when Democratic
leaders in the House and Republican Gov. Bob Riley could not agree
on how much money to put in an emergency fund to be spent at the
discretion of the governor.
The General Fund budget being considered in the House contains
federal stimulus money. It does not call for layoffs of state
employees despite the current recession.
When the General Fund passes the House, it will go to the
Senate.