Gov. Bentley Signs Alabama Budget With Cigarette Tax, Money from Education Reserves

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has put his signature on the state’s general fund budget bill.

Lawmakers passed a $1.7 billion operating budget on Wednesday after months of negotiations. Legislators approved a 25-cent-per pack cigarette tax and a transfer of education funds to minimize cuts to state services.

The spending plan still reduces funding for many state agencies, and the Republican governor says it’s not perfect. But he calls it a step in the right direction for the state.

Bentley is praising lawmakers who voted for the cigarette tax. Bentley says they put “people over politics.”

Some Republicans were angered by the GOP’s governor’s push for tax increases.

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