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Bentley Asks Lawmakers for Long-term Budget Plan

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Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.

Alabama lawmakers will face another grim budget outlook when they return to Montgomery next year and Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants their ideas for long-term solutions instead of a one-year money fix.

Bentley has asked legislative leaders to bring him ideas in advance of the 2015 session.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston says he wants legislators to make bold changes to try to solve the state's long-term problems.

Marsh says nearly everything is on the table for discussion, including merging the state's two budgets. The move would likely spark staunch opposition from education groups.

Marsh says new taxes aren't necessary, but he wants to review tax breaks the state is currently offering.

Marsh, Bentley and many legislators face re-election in November.

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