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State leaders set goal to cut $1 billion in spending

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Governor Robert Bentley said the state of Alabama was on track to saving $1 billion because of cost cutting and increased government efficiency.

Officials said the state has already saved nearly $675 million from pension cuts, the repeal of DROP, bond refinances as well as a number of other projects.

"The bottom line is this: We made a promise to the voters to right-size Alabama government, and we're living up to that promise," Bentley said.  "During challenging financial times, taxpayers re-evaluate their own spending and make adjustments.  State government must do the same."

Gov. Bentley said the cuts have saved the state from making millions of dollars in reductions to essential state agencies and services. 

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