Legislators have more for schools, less for others

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama lawmakers will enter their 2014 session Tuesday with more to
spend on education programs but less for non-education program.

Legislative
Fiscal Office Director Norris Greene told legislators Monday that the
money available for education programs in the next fiscal year will be
about $134 million more than this year's $5.8 billion education budget.

He
said the money available for general fund budget agencies in the next
fiscal year will be about $83 million less than this year's $1.8 billion
in appropriations. The general fund finances prisons, Medicaid, state
troopers and other non-education programs. Green said the taxes flowing
into the general fund don't grow with the economy, but those going into
the education budget do grow.

Green said both state budgets are still below their pre-recession levels in 2008.