Special Session costs taxpayers an estimated $320,828

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  State Lawmakers are wrapping up the special session on Tuesday, and they're leaving the State House without a budget. Governor Robert Bentley will have to call a second special session.

A quick recap of what has brought us here: - Governor Bentley is asking for $302 million  in tax increases.  His plan included a cigarette tax, a business privilege tax, and eliminating certain tax deductions. All of which failed in the legislature.

State Senators passed a budget that would slash funding by $185 million dollars. The bill died in the House, as it likely would have on the Governor's desk.

All totaled, this special session cost you, the taxpayer, roughly $320,898 dollars. That is the estimated cost of a special session, according to the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office. Other reports put it above and beyond $400,000.

This pays for travel allowance, at $75 a day, mileage, temporary employees, security, additional supplies, and delivery of journals.

A regular session costs upward of $100,000,000.

These numbers do not account for legislators' annual $42,000 salary.

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