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Governor Robert Bentley unveils budget

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Alabama governor Robert Bentley unveiled his plan to shore up $700 million to fill a massive shortfall in the general fund budget.

The plan involves eight options that include raising cigarette taxes, auto taxes, and closing corporate loopholes—among others.

Those are expected to bring an estimated $500 million.

The governor then proposes to un-earmark funding to fill the remaining gap.

"I will also propose un-earmarking 187 million to solve the financial shortfall in the general fund—91% of all our revs connected to state government this far exceeds any other state," says Bentley.

Lawmakers will be on the fast track to go through this information before the session begins on Tuesday, March 3.

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