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Happy New Year From the State of Alabama

By Harold Bearden
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 7:10 AM
https://hbtv.us/news/?story_id=2799

Today is Oct 1, the first day of the fiscal year for the State of Alabama. 

The fiscal year budget passed by the Legislature last month cut spending by about $83 million, or 4.5%.

Here are just a few of the cuts made by the state:

31 driver's license offices to close, including Winston County 

$11 million cut in Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's (ALEA) fiscal year 2016 budget

     (ALEA raised the cost to renew drivers license in February to $35.25 for four years from the previous $23.50. With 1.2 million licenses issued each year, that's an additional $15.3 million for the agency)

25 cent new sales tax on cigarettes

5 Alabama state parks to close, others reducing staff

6 additional National Guard armories to close 

   (Huntsville, Winfield, Alexander City, Demopolis, Marion and Eufaula)

15 original National Guard armories closures

     (Sheffield, Scottsboro, Vernon, Jasper, Aliceville, Sylacauga, Camden, Fort Deposit, Jackson, Brantley, Elba, Geneva and Hartford)

Haleyville's Armed Forces Reserve Training Center (Armory) so far, has survived the cut.

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