Minority leader to ask Riley to veto budget
House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said he will ask Gov. Bob Riley to veto the $2.5 billion General Fund budget the Legislature passed.
"I do not know if I will succeed," said Hubbard, who is also chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
Hubbard and Riley, a Republican, have bashed the budget for taking millions from the budget of the Alabama Department of Corrections, which is already strapped for cash. Hubbard said lawmakers found money for UFO and watermelon festivals and other projects in their districts while corrections, Medicaid, mental health and other departments need money. He said the situation is embarrassing and a slap in the face of taxpayers.
Hubbard said the House and Senate added pork.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen