Ala. House Oks budget, restores Medicaid funding
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House approved a $1.4 billion General Fund budget that restores $184 million to Medicaid and takes it from Alabama's prison system.
The Senate voted 21-10 Thursday night to approve the budget for most non-education state services. But the austere spending plan is different than the one that passed the House and a conference committee will likely work out the differences. The conference committee work will have to take place Wednesday. That's the final day of the 2012 regular session.
A Senate committee had approved a budget that depended on voters approving transfer of $184 million from an oil and gas revenue savings account and from education funds to Medicaid,. The Senate amended it so that the funding hole is in corrections, not Medicaid.