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.