Voters React to Amendment Outcome
The results are in. Voters across the state decided by a 2-to-1 margin to approve a constitutional amendment that will take $437 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to help balance the general fund budget.
There's mixed reactions over the results. CBS 8 News talked to several people who voted, and some are saying Alabamians made a huge mistake passing Amendment 1.
The amendment would allow the transfer of $437 million from reserve funds towards the General Fund for the Medicaid budget to help balance it for the next three years.
While Governor Robert Bentley and many lawmakers support the referendum, some legislators like Joe Hubbard are against it.
"We need progress. I mean we need to keep places open, and keep people in jail who need to stay in jail," Hunter says.
Lawmakers did pass next year's budget assuming this amendment would pass.
Gov. Robert Bentley has released a statement following the passage of tonight's vote.
Bentley says he wants to thank voters for approving the state plan to temporarily borrow funds from our savings account to help get us through these difficult economic times without raising taxes.
He says once again, I pledge to the people of this state that the funds transferred to help support critical state services will be paid back.