MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced a division of oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Friday voted out the House-passed bill.
The bill would use $450 million to repay money borrowed during past budget shortfalls and $191 million for roads in coastal counties. Paying debts early would free up an additional $70 million for Medicaid in the next fiscal year.
However, the proposal is expected to cause a squabble when it moves to the Senate floor for debate Tuesday.
Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville said he will push a substitute bill. Sanford said the money should be used for debts and Medicaid, not for roads.
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