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Ivey: Legislature should look at all budget options

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Ivey on Wednesday told the Kiwanis Club of Gadsden there is dire financial stress in both of Alabama’s budgets, but particularly in the General Fund.

Bentley this month told a Birmingham civic group that he wants legislators to pass a constitutional amendment asking voters to combine the now separate Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets into a unified state budget.

Ivey said Alabama is one of only three states that have two budgets, reiterating that all options need to be looked at.

“I think there may be some additional options as well,” she said.

Ivey compared the situation to a household with two budgets when a couple’s paychecks are used for different expenses.

“… When one of you’s running short and can’t make the house payment or car payment, somehow you find a way to do something,” she said.

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