Bentley: Agencies to announce closures Wednesday due to budget cuts

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State agencies will announce which state parks, drivers' license offices and National Guard armories will shut down or reduce services because of budget cuts.

The governor's office said state agencies will announce plans Wednesday for dealing with funding reductions.

Gov. Robert Bentley said state agencies have to work with the amount of money appropriated to them by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins Thursday.

Lawmakers earlier this month approved a general fund budget that contains about $82 million in cuts. Legislators approved a cigarette tax to minimize reductions, but rejected Bentley's call for larger tax increases.

The Alabama Legislature included language in the budget to prohibit the closure of drivers' license offices and limit service reductions. However, the governor said he believes that language is unconstitutional.

WHNT News 19 will update you as soon as the specific closures and cuts are announced.