Governor Bentley releases list of potential budget cut effects on state agencies


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - As state agencies brace for cuts, Governor Robert Bentley's latest memo details what he says that would mean.

A 9-page document lists, by the numbers, how state agencies expect to handle a budget slashing if the legislature's current proposal is approved.

As 15 state parks would be closed, according to the proposed state budget.

Now, we have learned through this document that the Alabama National Guard plans to close as many as 25 armories, including those in Arab, Florence, and Huntsville.

This document also details changes to ALEA, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. They expect more than 130 officers to be laid off, and 13 trooper post closures they say will impact public safety.

As for the courts, Bentley says courts will be forced to close at least two days a week and cut staff by 600 employees.

The governor's office says, "If enacted, these cuts will put the state in a position incapable of providing many of the essential services of government."

Click here to read the Governor's memo and learn more about the estimated impact of possible budget cuts.

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