education budget http://apr.org en Alabama House Oks Education Budget; Pay Hike http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-oks-education-budget-pay-hike <P>The Alabama House has adopted a $5.7 billion budget that gives teachers and other education employees their first pay raise since 2008.</P> <P>The spending plan gives public school employees a 2 percent raise. That's less than the 5 percent increase supported by Democratic lawmakers.</P> <P>The budget was adopted late Wednesday after more than six hours of debate on the spending plan and a separate pay raise bill.</P> <P>House members voted 62-37 against a proposed amendment by Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre to increase the raise to 5 percent.</P> <P>Republican Rep. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:27:11 +0000 The Associated Press 28323 at http://apr.org Alabama House Oks Education Budget; Pay Hike Alabama GOP Budget Writers Avoid Midyear Cuts http://apr.org/post/alabama-gop-budget-writers-avoid-midyear-cuts Two Republican legislators who designed Alabama's first proration-free education budget in several years say they are optimistic the state's new education budget will also avoid midyear cutbacks. Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman and House budget committee Chairman Jay Love said Wednesday the first education budget they designed avoided midyear cutbacks due to tight spending controls and an improving economy. It was for the 2011-2012 school year. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:10:22 +0000 The Associated Press 19733 at http://apr.org Alabama GOP Budget Writers Avoid Midyear Cuts