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AL legislators hear forecast of budget cuts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Legislature's top financial expert says this year's education and General Fund budgets are at risk of across-the-board cuts because revenue is falling below appropriations.

Joyce Bigbee, the director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, told legislators Tuesday that the education budget could require 2.3% in cuts. She said the General Fund for non-education agencies could need as much as 9% in cuts.

Bigbee made her forecasts on the first day of budget hearings for the new Republican-controlled Legislature.

It's up to the governor to decide whether to order cuts. Gov. Robert Bentley has not yet made a decision.

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