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Governor Bentley talks money, budget at Opelika meeting

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

During their annual meeting, the Chamber of Commerce highlighted the success of Opelika by giving the Spirit of Opelika Award, the 20 under 40 awards and honored those who have served the community in several categories.

The guest speaker, Governor Robert Bentley, thanked the chamber for bringing jobs to the city, spoke of the current state of Alabama, and its future. He says,  "I want to thank the chamber. You're the ones that are most interested in making sure your area becomes vibrant, hires people, and makes sure your business is growing."

Governor Bentley said during his tenure as governor he's taken part in three separate occasions of announcing jobs coming to the area. "We've had the privilege to announce over 1,000 jobs in this area."

Governor Bentley said he wants everything from automotive, aerospace, biotechnology to ship building industries to come to Alabama. He also talked about the state's dwindling general fund and how an upcoming vote in September would allow state government to take $146 million from the Alabama Trust Fund. "All this is, is a bridge that will get us from this year 2013 for three more years, it's a bridge. While the growth money we've put in grows enough then we will not need it anymore."

He says all of the incoming taxes are going towards the education budget.

"Our education budget is doing well. When the economy picks up, it picks up very quickly, because it has all the growth taxes in it; Sales tax, used tax, income tax and utility taxes."

Whatever happens September 18, Governor Bentley says he is against raising the taxes against the general families of the state.

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