Shell Game: Alabama's General Fund 2001-05

It's become a rite of spring in Alabama: First, agency heads, newspaper editors and advocacy groups predict disaster for the General Fund. Next, lawmakers find just enough spending to cut and just enough piecemeal revenue to add to keep the state in business for another 12 months. Every year, the doomsayers get accused of "crying wolf," but what's really going on?

This fact sheet This fact sheet examines what the General Fund does, what forces drive its budget, and what the numbers really mean.

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