Bentley vows to repay trust fund money

Governor Bentley says he and legislative leaders are committed to paying back the money, if Alabama voters agree to take more than $437 million from a state trust fund. {}The money would be used to balance the state General Fund budget for three years.

Voters will go to the polls September 18 to decide whether to approve the move. {}It would take nearly $146 million a year for three years from the Alabama Trust Fund. {}The constitutional amendment doesn't provide for repayment. But Bentley said Tuesday that he and legislative leaders are committed to seeing that it happens. He said the payback will probably go beyond his current four-year term.

The Governor said committing to repay the money should help get more people to vote for it next month.