Alabama looking at multiple financial challenges for 2020

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, spoke about the financial challenges of the upcoming legislative session that include a few things the state is looking into.

“The big thing will be prisons, and we’re continuing to see what the governor comes up with, in her request for proposals to build three mega prisons,” Clouse said. “We won’t get that until the end of April so, that will be a big price tag there.”

Medicaid was another topic that Clouse said is usually a big issue, but Clouse said they have some good news in that department that will benefit the state.

“What we call the F-map, which is the percentage that the feds pay versus what we pay in the state,” Clouse said. “They raised their percentage slightly in the last few months so that’s going to save us about $20 million on Medicaid. So, that really helped out.”

Clouse also spoke about his lottery bill that would fund Alabama’s Pre-K program and scholarships, grants, and assistance for students.

As for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians billion dollar proposal, he says they don’t have a figure for the lottery.

“They just have a figure for what the permits would be for a new location in Birmingham, permit for northeast Alabama location, and then for what a tax would be on those particular facilities,” Clouse said.

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