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Gov. Riley Says Proration May Be Necessary In General Fund

Montgomery, AL – Gov. Bob Riley says he will decide within the next two weeks whether he should declare proration and cause across-the-board cuts in the state General Fund budget.

The General Fund budget gunds Medicaid, prisons, state troopers and other non-education services.

The director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Joyce Bigbee, told lawmakers this week that she expects 7.6 percent across-the-board cuts this year in the General Fund.

Riley told the Montgomery Advertiser thursday that he believes Bigbee's estimate is ``fairly accurate.''

The chairmen of the legislative committees that help write the General Fund budget have said Riley will need to declare proration in the General Fund budget because of a projected $120 million shortfall in the budget for the current fiscal year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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