September 8. That’s the date Governor Robert Bentley has set for a second special session of the Alabama legislature.
A first special session ended without the Governor and lawmakers reaching an agreement to resolve a $300 million budget shortfall.
Governor Bentley has proposed a wide-ranging series of tax increases, including a new tax on E-cigarettes and removing earmarks from $400 million in money already going to the General Fund.
He is also proposing to shift money from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund.
By law, the Legislature must pass a balanced budget by October 1st.