State Budgets 2012: Alabama
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- Fiscal Year Begins: October
- Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
- Legislative Session for 2012: Convened February 7, 2012, Adjourned May 16, 2012
- Frequency of Budget Cycle: Annual
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Budget News and Information: 2012
2/23/2012: AL Governor Outlines Roads and Bridges Plan
Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday outlined his plans to upgrade roads and bridges throughout the state. Making such improvements, the Governor said, will improve the quality of life for Alabama citizens, and it will also help the state recruit additional jobs from industries that depend on a solid infrastructure.
- A new occupational tax of .5% for people working Jefferson County was defeated and would have raised $62 million for the municipality which is in bankruptcy;
- Legislators worked out the differences between a House and Senate education budget. The newly approved budget is $5.4 billion, a cut of $200 from current spending levels;
- A new general fund budget of $1.7 billion was passed, which is down $67 from existing levels; and
- Voters across the state will vote on a constitutional amendment in September to consider removing $146 million from the Alabama Trust Fund over the next three years.
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Budget News and Information: Previous Budget Cycles
6/9/11: Budget still up for discussion in the legislature
Both state budgets for next year and a plan to make more than 130,000 public employees pay 2.5 percent more of their paychecks for pension coverage face deciding votes today, the last day of this year's regular session of the Legislature.
Read more: The Birmingham News
6/4/11: Budget is main focus for legislature in final days of session
The Alabama Legislature returns to Montgomery on Thursday for its final meeting day of the first regular session under Republican leadership in more than 130 years.
Read more: NECN
6/2/11: Governor sends the budget back to the legislature
Gov. Robert Bentley sent the two state budgets back to the Legislature on Wednesday night, which means resolving Alabama's spending plans will go down to the Legislature's last two meeting days.
Bentley's spokeswoman, Jennifer Ardis, said he was buying time for the Legislature to pass other bills that are necessary to balance the budgets for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
Read more: Forbes
5/28/11: Budgets sent to Governor with much work to be done in a balancing act
The two state budgets for the next fiscal year have gone to Gov. Robert Bentley for consideration, but work remains on balancing them. The Legislature gave final approval to the $5.88 billion Education Trust Fund budget and the $1.77 billion General Fund budget. Both were sent to Bentley on Wednesday. He has until Wednesday to act on them.
Read more: Gadsden Times
5/26/11: Legislature passes $1.77 billion General Fund Budget
Noted most for its $30 million in budget cuts, the Alabama Legislature came to budget resolutions on revenues and costs. The total budget has an estimated 1.5% cut from all state agencies, with the exception of the judicial system.
Read more: Montgomery Advertiser
4/27/11: Alabama House Approves General Fund Budget
The Alabama House has approved a bare-bones, $1.8 billion budget to fund most non-education state services in a 88-12 vote. The budget passed with funding cuts to most state agencies and tourist attractions.
Read More: Bloomberg Businessweek
4/26/11: Alabama House Starts Debate on General Fund
The AP reported today that all general fund expenditures, which excludes education, will be moving to the floor for debate in the coming days. General fund expenditures for services are expected to be severely cut.
Read more: Forbes
4/12/11: Proposed Alabama Budget Protects Medicaid, But Cuts Programs For Seniors, Children
The Montgomery (AL) Advertiser (4/12, 35K) reports, “Fire protection in rural areas, programs to keep seniors out of nursing homes, healthcare for children and restaurant inspections are among the areas that will likely be cut as lawmakers move forward with continued budget cuts because of the economy.” Notably, the “Alabama Senate passed a $1.8 billion General Fund budget Thursday that now goes to the House for consideration. While the budget for most non-education functions of state government protects Medicaid, the prison system and mental health, some departments are cut by 45 percent or more.”
2/13/11: Officials expect state worker layoffs
Some Alabama officials do not see any way they can balance the budget for next year without laying off state employees. They're forecasting another hole in the state General Fund budget, which pays for Medicaid, state prisons, public safety, public health and most other non-education functions of state government, and do not believe there are other obvious places to make substantive cuts.
Read more: Montgomery Advertiser