SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS RESUME

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State lawmakers are returning to Montgomery in search of a budget deal.

A special legislative sessions resumes Monday following a three-week break in which leaders tried to reach a consensus on a spending plan.

The new fiscal year is less than two months away, yet legislators have yet to settle on a way to handle a projected $200 million shortfall in the general fund budget.

Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to approve $302 million in taxes. He says the revenue increases are needed to avoid deep cuts in services.

But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says GOP lawmakers are proposing their own plan for $275 million in revenue.

Bentley says he will call lawmakers back into a second special session if lawmakers fail to find a solution.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the only solution to a state budget shortfall is for taxes and spending changes to fix the problem long-term.

The governor said Monday that he remains hopeful about the outlook for his $302 million tax package. That’s despite the pessimism expressed by some lawmakers.

A special legislative session resumes Monday afternoon following a break in which leaders tried to reach a consensus on a spending plan.

Asked if he expects a second special session, Bentley says he should know by midweek where things stand in the Legislature.

The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Legislators have yet to settle on a way to handle a projected $200 million shortfall in the general fund budget.

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