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Last updated 6:07AM ET
February 25, 2021
State Education Budget Tight in Coming Year
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - It's still early, but Alabama's education budget looks tight in the coming fiscal year.

A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures says it will be nearly impossible for Alabama legislators to put together a 2009 school budget without cutting programs.

The report blames the problem on a lack of growth in education tax revenues, among other things.

State Finance Director Jim Main says the numbers are based on early projections and tax receipts. But, he says officials may have to use money from an education savings account to avoid mid-year budget cuts called proration.

Legislative leaders say raising taxes is an unlikely last resort to any budget problem.

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