Alabama refuses to pay back Federal forestry money

Alabama refuses to pay back Federal forestry money

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The state of Alabama is refusing to repay money to the U.S. Forestry Service.

The Federal Government wants Alabama and 40 other states to return money because of budget cuts, known as sequestration.

Alabama was given $94,000 for counties with national forest land. Governor Bentley's office says there is no legal basis to repay.

The state claims the budget cuts apply to money for 2013 and the forest service money was sent in 2012.

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