State senator cutting back on staff and budget

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Anniston's Del Marsh is the top elected leader in Alabama's State Senate. With that office comes a big staff, but Marsh says he does not need all the help.

Senator Marsh is slashing staff positions in the President Pro Tem's office. He is cutting the staff from 40 down to 4. He is also cutting his office budget by a third.

Marsh says the $3-million annual budget for the office has been a "slush fund for senators in the past".

"I think it's the responsibility of all of us to look at our individual departments and determine what do we really need," said March. "We want to be efficient, we want to do our job, but we're not going to be throwing our money away."

The staff positions Senator Marsh is cutting were left unfilled following the November elections. State budget hearings start next week and the regular session convenes on March 1st.

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