Alabama Governor Robert Bentley http://apr.org en General Fund Becomes Law With Few Changes http://apr.org/post/general-fund-becomes-law-few-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Alabama's $1.8 billion General Fund budget for the next fiscal year has become law with only small changes from the governor.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley sent a line item veto the House of Representatives late Thursday making some alterations to the budget. Those changes became law when representatives adjourned for the night without taking action.</p><p>House budget committee chairman Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark says the governor's changes to the operating budget were minor.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:27:59 +0000 The Associated Press 49692 at http://apr.org General Fund Becomes Law With Few Changes Governor Bentley Grants Extra Holidays http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-grants-extra-holidays <p>Gov. Robert Bentley is giving state workers extra holidays on the Friday after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve.</p><p>Bentley announced the days off on Tuesday in a letter to state department directors and a video message to state employees that was posted on YouTube.</p><p>Alabama governors have traditionally granted the extra days in addition to the 13 holidays set by state law. Bentley says he's giving the extra days off to show state employees how much he values their service and to allow them to celebrate with family and friends during Thanksgiving and Christmas.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:56:29 +0000 The Associated Press 40218 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Grants Extra Holidays Gov. Bentley Says He Doesn't Want To Run ASU http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-he-doesnt-want-run-asu <p></p><p>Alabama's governor is brushing off criticism that he's trying to run Alabama State University and says he will continue a financial review of university spending.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley released preliminary findings from a forensic audit last week. It questioned $2.5 million in spending and accused the university of hindering the audit.</p><p>Bentley is president of the university board of trustees by virtue of his office, and he's called a special board meeting Oct. 28 to discuss the findings.</p><p>Some critics have accused him of trying to run the university.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 The Associated Press 40157 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says He Doesn't Want To Run ASU Northern Beltline Construction To Begin In 2014 http://apr.org/post/northern-beltline-construction-begin-2014 <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says construction of the Northern Beltline is expected to begin in 2014.</p><p>Bentley said Tuesday that after construction starts, the first portion of the project is expected to take between five and six years. Officials say the first phase of the project is a 1.34 mile stretch between Alabama Highway 75 and Highway 79 in northwest Jefferson County.</p><p>The Northern Beltline is a 52-mile highway that extends from Interstate 59 in Jefferson County to the Interstate 459 junction with Interstate 20/59 in southwest Jefferson County.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:17:11 +0000 The Associated Press 38956 at http://apr.org Northern Beltline Construction To Begin In 2014 Ala. Governor Plans Discussions of Amendment 2 http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-plans-discussions-amendment-2 <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Birmingham and Mobile Monday to discuss an amendment on Tuesday's ballot to allow the state to refinance bonds.</P> <P>Bentley says the savings will free up funds to provide incentives for companies considering moving their facilities to Alabama. The incentives can also be used to encourage companies to expand facilities already in Alabama. Bentley said he believes passage of the amendment will create new jobs in Alabama.</P> <P>The governor will lead a roundtable discussion of the amendment at the Birmingham Business Alliance, 505 20th St. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:58:39 +0000 The Associated Press 20232 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Plans Discussions of Amendment 2