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Ala. residents heading to the polls to decide state’s financial future

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On Tuesday, September 18, Alabama will hold a special vote on a proposed constitutional amendment.   

They will decide whether to transfer $437 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to the general fund over the next three years.  Currently in jeopardy are the state's prisons and Medicaid program.   

Without a new source of money, corrections officers could lose their jobs and some patients may be turned away from hospitals.

The plan, according to Governor Bentley, is to eventually pay the money back.  He describes the amendment as a bridge to get through some of the worst economic times in recent history. 

If the amendment does not pass Tuesday, the capitol will meet at a special session to decide what happens next. 

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