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Alabama Governor Bentley wants no earmarks for tax collections to boost General Fund

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama’s long history of locking in most of its tax collections for specific uses would make it hard to shift some money now reserved for education to the state’s General Fund, Gov. Robert Bentley said.

Several times the governor has said he might ask lawmakers to shift some money reserved for the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund, but he hasn’t decided whether to do it.

“We’ll have people that will be against it. People are trying to protect their money and protect their turf,” Bentley said in a recent interview. “But you know, no one is sacrosanct. Education is not sacrosanct. We have to look at the entire state to see where we use taxpayers’ dollars.”

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