Alabama State Supporters Rally Over Budget

Alabama State Supporters Rally Over Budget

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State University students and supporters have rallied in the rain outside the Statehouse to make sure a big budget cut is restored to their university.

The education budget passed by the state Senate for the upcoming school year would cut ASU by more than $10 million, or one-fourth of amount it got this year. University President Gwendolyn Boyd told supporters Thursday to go inside the Statehouse and raise their voices for fairness.

Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman says he included the cut and gave the governor the authority to restore the money because he wanted to give Boyd and the governor help in bringing changes to the university after critical findings by forensic auditors. But Pittman says he expects the Legislature to reinstate the money.

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