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Voters approve amendment to fund General Budget

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Election officials said the turnout for Alabama's single-issue election was light. Election officials said the turnout for Alabama's single-issue election was light.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Majority of Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment to fund the General Budget for the next three years.

This will allow the transfer of $437.4 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to be used for Medicaid, prisons and other state services.

With 73 percent of precincts reporting statewide, the proposed constitutional amendment was passing 65 percent to 35 percent.

Governor Robert Bentley issued the following statement regarding voter approval: 

"I want to thank the voters for approving the state's plan to temporarily borrow funds from our savings account to help get us through these difficult economic times without raising taxes.  Once again, I pledge to the people of this state that the funds transferred to help support critical state services will be paid back."

An opponent, House Democratic Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden, said Alabama will be back with the same budget problems in three years unless the Republican-controlled Legislature acts.

Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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