BENTLEY BATTLES SENATE OVER BUDGET CUTS/TAX INCREASES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican Gov. Robert Bentley says he will not retreat as he battles with members of his own party over tax increases.
The governor says the level cuts to state services will cause a tremendous amount of pain to the citizens if lawmakers fail to plug a revenue hole.
The Alabama Senate will vote Monday on a budget that slashes $200 million from state agencies. That budget, Bentley says, is unworkable and unacceptable.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says senators remain largely opposed to tax increases.
Bentley says he expects to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for another special session but would not say when.
State agencies are seven weeks from the start of the fiscal year and do not have a budget because of the impasse.