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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Riley has concerns with Senate changes to budget

Gov. Bob Riley said he has concerns with the version of the General Fund budget that Alabama senators passed late Tuesday.

He said the budget takes $9 million from the cash-strapped Alabama Department of Corrections and uses it for line items and projects throughout the state.

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a different version of the bill and decided on Wednesday to have a conference committee with senators to work out the differences.

"I'm not going to judge what they need to do or how to do it," Riley said.

Sen. Roger Bedford, chairman of the Senate General Fund committee, said Tuesday that the budget is balanced and fully funds the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Riley said, with the state of the economy, now is not the time to expand the program.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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