Panel approves tight Alabama General Fund budget

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An
Alabama House committee has approved a $1.75 billion General Fund
budget to fund most non-education state agencies during the fiscal year
that begins Oct. 1.

The tight spending plan calls for nearly level funding for most agencies.

Prisons
Commissioner Kim Thomas says the spending plan underfunds his agency
and will make it difficult to improve problems with care of female
inmates.

Thomas says the budget falls short of what the system needs to operate at an ideal level.

He says the proposed budget means the system will not be able to move forward on work to upgrade women's facilities.

The
budget is slightly more than the $1.749 budget for the current fiscal
year. The full House is expected to consider the budget next week.

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