MONTGOMERY, Ala. (bizjournals.com, TAB) — Gov. Robert Bentley signed the state budget into law today, tweeting, “It isn’t a perfect budget, but we have made important changes to the way our state budgets (money).”
According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the modified budget will provide funding to Medicaid, prisons, mental health services, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Pardons and Paroles and the court system, all of which were threatened with major cuts.
The new budget will go into effect Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
Earlier this week, legislators also approved a 25 cent per-pack cigarette tax as well as an $80 million transfer from the state Education Trust Fund to supplement the General Fund budget.