AP Interview: Bentley says budget cuts will hurt

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's physician governor is using medical terms to describe the painful state budget cutting that's about to begin in Montgomery.

Gov. Robert Bentley tells The Associated Press in an interview that state budgets will undergo what he calls "debridement" during the legislative session starting Tuesday. That's a medical term for the excruciating process of cutting away damaged skin to allow the tissue below to survive.

When the treatment is done, Bentley and legislative leaders say Alabamians could see state employee layoffs, a shorter school year and bigger classrooms. Several state programs could be eliminated, and state employees and teachers may pay more for benefits.

Bentley is promoting tax deductions for businesses that add workers and tax incentives for small businesses to encourage hiring.

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