Bentley says "No", Won't Repay U.S. Forest Service Funds


By Alabama News Network

The state of Alabama is refusing to return $94,000 to the U.S. Forest Service.

The federal government wants Alabama and 40 other states to repay money because of the so-called "sequestration" budget cuts.

The money was given to 17 rural counties in Alabama with national forest land, but Governor Robert Bentley says he won't repay the money.

His  office told the federaly government it lacks a legal basis to be repaid since the money was sent in fiscal year 2012, and the sequester is for 2013.

Areas in our viewing area with funds include Dallas, Perry, and Covington counties.


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