MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a budget that slashes millions of dollars from Medicaid, mental health, law enforcement and other state agencies.
Senators voted 19-15 for the cut-filled budget Monday after lawmakers could not agree during a special session on how to fill a budget hole. The House of Representatives will decide whether to go along with the spending plan.
Legislators rejected Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for $302 million in taxes. The Senate-passed plan cuts nearly $200 million from state agencies.
Opposed lawmakers said the cuts will have devastating consequences for the state. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said most senators did not want to put taxes on Alabama families.
Some senators said they expect Bentley to bring them back into a second special session.