The Legislative Fiscal Office has released in pdf format, a comparison of the Governor’s proposed 2012 Education and General Fund recommendations to the current budget.. What follows is from a quick once over. The more eye balls reviewing these numbers and letting their Legislators know what they think, the better.
From a quick once over of the education budget over, appears we will see several programs chopped. Among them are continuing education for paramedics, Gadsden State Community College’s economic development and allied health sciences & nursing funding, robotics & controls research & education at UA while others like the medical and dental school scholarships, Lyman Ward, Talladega College, community service grants (AKA patronage money) are trimmed. There are 5% increases in Rehabilitation programs and what looks like a new million dollar appropriation to Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine for breast cancer research.
Total proposed education spending will be $5,495,000,000, a 3% increase over next year.
The general fund proposal, shows the announced dropping of funds for tourist attractions/hall of fame and cuts for functions as diverse as food for prisoners (43%), District Attorneys (20%), Legislature (36%), ADECA (76%), Forensic Sciences (21%) and many others. Medicaid is receiving a 87% increase in funding, Public Safety 5%, and Mental Health 18%. Interestingly, community service grants are zero funded.
Total proposed general fund spending will be $1,820,923,687, an 8% increase.
For those wanting more granularity (and have the strength), a 359 page executive budget document is available from the state finance department.
While budget cuts will be painful for some, tax increase legislation (as of this writing) has not been introduced and with the very carefully multi-generational nurtured anti-tax mood among the electorate would be a long uphill slog if introduced.
Again more eyes are needed to review these documents and let the powers that be know what you think.
update: lets add a link to Bama Fact Check’s review of the claim 217 line items were cut.