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      Lawmakers, organizations pledge support for Sept. 18 referendum vote

      Ahead of a vote to decide whether to take more than $400 million from a state trust fund and use it to prevent cuts to state programs, lawmakers and organizations are taking a stand on the controversial issue.

      Alabama Appleseed, a non-profit public interest advocacy organization, presented "The Case for a Yes Vote on September 18th" Wednesday at The Law Firm of Baker Donelson.

      Mike Warren, CEO of Children's Hospital, and several lawmakers urged voters to support the amendment arguing failure to pass the amendment would cripple the state's judicial system, jeopardize Medicaid funding, and extend Alabama's economic crisis for an indefinite period.{}

      However, many lawmakers argue those arguments are scare tactics to garner votes and there are many ways to save money without cutting state agencies by 17 percent or more.{}