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Governor Releases Second Special Session Call

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Governor Robert Bentley has released details of his call for the Second Special Session of the State Legislature.

According to the office’s press statement, “This call is designed for the Legislature to solve the budget crisis that exists in the General Fund Budget,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Over the last few months, I have met with House and Senate members to discuss options and ideas that would prevent devastating cuts to state services. I look forward to working with lawmakers over the next few weeks to bring about real change in the way we fund state government moving forward.”

The Governor’s call includes three budget reform measures:

•Transfer use tax revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund

•Un-earmark certain state taxes

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•Amend the Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Act
Additionally, the call includes four revenue increase measures:

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•Amend the Business Privilege Tax

•Increase the Cigarette Tax

•Amend the individual income tax deduction for Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)

•Any other revenue measures that provide revenue for the General Fund
The Second Special Session will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 8.

 

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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