RunInRed 12,154 Posted November 20, 2014 Share Posted November 20, 2014 Let me get this straight, conveniently, the day after the election, Governor Bentley suddenly realized Alabama's general fund budget shortfall is not "just" $265 million for next year, but an astounding $700 million over "the next few years." ... The day after he won a landslide re-election victory for a second term, Gov. Robert Bentley was given an extensive briefing on the money-troubled general fund.That is the pot of dollars which pay for prisons, Medicaid, public safety and most state needs not related to public schools. For months Bentley had been saying the expected deficit in the general fund would be between $230 million and $250 million give or take.But Bentley also knew that was a moving target that would increase as state agencies began reporting what their money needs would be for the new budget year set to begin Oct. 1, 2015. "I thought it would be above $250 million," the governor said in an interview following a speech at The Club before the Birmingham Business Alliance. "And it was. It's about $265 million now," added Bentley. Not great news but not unexpected news. But that was not the last figure Bentley got in that briefing. This one was: $700 million dollars. But you ready for the kicker ... oh the conservatives are going to love this one ... "Taxes would be the last thing I would look to as far as raising a new tax. But I cannot see getting through this without having to raise more revenue," said Bentley. You voted for them. You reap what you sow ... enjoy. LINK Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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