Alabama General Fund en Alabama Senate Approves Budget <P>The Alabama Senate worked into the night to pass the budget to operate the state's non-education agencies. The Senate voted 22-9 Tuesday night to approve the General Fund budget and send it to the House for further consideration.</P> <P>Budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr said the $1.7 billion budget follows most of the recommendations that Gov. Robert Bentley made when the legislative session began five weeks ago.</P> <P>The budget does not include a cost-of-living raise for state workers, but it does encourage the governor to lift a freeze on merit raises. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:30:05 +0000 The Associated Press 26603 at Alabama Senate Approves Budget No Raise For Ala. Workers In Panel Approved Budget <P>Alabama state non-education employees would not get a cost-of-living raise or merit pay raises under a $1.74 billion General Fund budget approved Wednesday by the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee.</P> <P>The budget for 2013-14 is mostly level with the budget for the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. It is just a slight increase from the budget recommended by Gov. Robert Bentley. The chairman of the committee, Republican Sen. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:03:53 +0000 The Associated Press 26242 at No Raise For Ala. Workers In Panel Approved Budget Gov. Bentley Ups School Funding, Level Funds Others <P>Alabama's governor is proposing an education budget that gives small increases to all levels of education from kindergarten through college.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley unveiled his recommended budgets Wednesday. His education budget includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for public school employees and a substantial expansion of Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.</P> <P>His General Fund budget would give most state agencies the same amount in the new year that they are getting this year. There is no pay raise for state employees. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:46:29 +0000 The Associated Press 24492 at Gov. Bentley Ups School Funding, Level Funds Others Alabama Governor Says Budgets Improving Slightly <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says his proposed budgets for the new fiscal year are slightly better than this year's budgets.</P> <DIV> <P>Bentley told legislators in his State of the State address Tuesday night that Alabama's economy is improving and that's allowing him to recommend more education spending. His plan includes expanding Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds and giving a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise to teachers. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:39:10 +0000 The Associated Press 24443 at Alabama Governor Says Budgets Improving Slightly 2013 Session Of Alabama Legislature Begins <P>The Alabama Legislature's 2013 regular session has started.</P> <P>Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey started the session in the Senate at noon. Speaker Mike Hubbard gaveled the House into session at 12:10 p.m.</P> <P>The session will last until mid-May. Lawmakers must complete the session in 30 meeting days during 105 calendar days.</P> <P>Major issue facing lawmakers will be balancing the General Fund and education budgets in a year when funds are expected to be tight.</P> <P>Gov. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:03:13 +0000 The Associated Press 24422 at 2013 Session Of Alabama Legislature Begins Alabama Legislators to Get Financial Forecasts <P>Alabama legislators will get an overview of the state's financial situation before they begin their 2013 legislative session at noon.</P> <DIV> <P>The director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Norris Green, and the state finance director, Marquita Davis, are scheduled to address legislators at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Capitol. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:31:34 +0000 The Associated Press 24360 at Alabama Legislators to Get Financial Forecasts