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Governor visits River City

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Bentley said they will reach the $1-billion mark by the end of his first four years in office. Bentley said they will reach the $1-billion mark by the end of his first four years in office.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Governor Robert Bentley visited the River City on Thursday.

One of the subjects he talked about during his Decatur stop was the government efficiency efforts of his administration.

He said they are systematically going through each department in an effort to save money and he said they are doing just that.

"The efficiencies with the way we changed the retirement systems.  We did away with the DROP program, which was becoming unsustainable. We refinanced bonds.  State employees, we asked teachers to pay a little bit more on their retirement," said Bentley. "You put all those things together, it adds up.  It's added up to almost $700-million."

Bentley said they will reach the $1-billion mark by the end of his first four years in office.

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