Alabama Senate Passes Education Budget

Mobile Press-Register: The Alabama Senate today passed a $6.4 billion education budget by a 32-1 vote.

Schools in Alabama will see a total reduction of $370 million over this year’s budget. The Legislative Fiscal Office, a non-partisan agency, has estimated the budget will probably need additional cuts, due to slowing growth in state income and sales tax revenues.

The mood before the vote was a sharp contrast to the drawn out debate on May 19, when the budget was defeated in the 2008 Regular Session. Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee chairman Hank Sanders, D-Selma, asked members to not add amendments for particular schools, or causes, and senators did not attempt to make any changes to the final document.

The budget now goes to the House of Representatives.

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