Voters in Alabama will be asked in a special statewide referendum Tuesday to allow state budget transfers to shore up a $185 million deficit in the general fund and prevent deep cuts to Medicaid in fiscal 2013, which begins Oct. 1.

If voters approve of the constitutional amendment, the state can transfer about $146 million a year for three years from the trust fund that collects royalties paid to the state by companies that pump natural gas offshore.

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