Alabama Education budget http://apr.org en Bentley Has Until April 13 To Sign Budget http://apr.org/post/bentley-has-until-april-13-sign-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Robert Bentley won't make a quick decision on whether to sign the state's Education Trust Fund budget or force lawmakers back into a special session over the issue of a raise for education employees.</p><p>Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said Friday that there is no timeframe on when he will make a decision.</p><p>Bentley has until April 13 to sign the budget into law or it will die through a pocket veto.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:35:33 +0000 The Associated Press 49693 at http://apr.org Bentley Has Until April 13 To Sign Budget Gov. Bentley Still Pushes For 2 Percent Pay Raise http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-still-pushes-2-percent-pay-raise <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a 2 percent pay raise approved for public school employees.</p><p>Bentley said Monday that he's glad that he and legislative leaders agreed to increase funding for the education employees' health insurance program, and he says that should keep them from having to pay higher costs. But Bentley says he wants the Legislature to do more with three meeting days left in the legislative session.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:40:54 +0000 The Associated Press 49372 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Still Pushes For 2 Percent Pay Raise Committee Approves Budget Without Teacher Bonus http://apr.org/post/committee-approves-budget-without-teacher-bonus <p></p><p>A House committee has approved an education budget aimed at giving teachers more money for their health insurance instead of a raise or bonus.</p><p>The House Ways and Means - Education Committee voted 10-4 for the budget Wednesday morning.</p><p>The spending plan strips away a one-time 1 percent bonus for public education employees approved by the Alabama Senate.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:54:01 +0000 The Associated Press 48298 at http://apr.org Committee Approves Budget Without Teacher Bonus Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding http://apr.org/post/bentleys-budgets-would-increase-education-funding <p>Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing state budgets that would require most state agencies to get by next year with about the same amount they are receiving this year.</p><p>Bentley's proposals include increases for all levels of public education.</p><p>Bentley's office released his recommended budgets Tuesday, which is the second day of the Legislature's 2014 session.</p><p>Bentley's state General Fund budget for the next fiscal year would spend $1.8 billion. The biggest increase is $70 million is for Medicaid. Courts would get a small increase.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:40:55 +0000 The Associated Press 45038 at http://apr.org Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding Poole Named Ala. House Education Budget Chairman http://apr.org/post/poole-named-ala-house-education-budget-chairman <P>Republican state Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa has been named chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Education Committee.</P> <P>Poole was appointed to the position Wednesday by Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn. Effective Aug. 1, he will replace Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, who last week announced he is resigning his position in the Legislature.</P> <P>The Ways and Means Education Committee is charged with putting together the state's almost $6 billion education budget. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:24:30 +0000 The Associated Press 34324 at http://apr.org Poole Named Ala. House Education Budget Chairman Alabama Governor Signs Both State Budgets http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-signs-both-state-budgets <p>Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state General Fund budget and state education budget into law.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 12:54:43 +0000 The Associated Press 30800 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Signs Both State Budgets Alabama Governor: Budgets Basically Look Fine http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-budgets-basically-look-fine <p>Gov. Robert Bentley says his first impression of the state education and state general fund budgets is that they are basically fine.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Bentley said Wednesday it appears legislators put some pork projects into the budgets and he's still reviewing a few items. But he sad he hasn't seen any major problems yet.<br> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:17:59 +0000 The Associated Press 30494 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor: Budgets Basically Look Fine Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-approves-general-fund-budget <p>The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.<br> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:57:21 +0000 The Associated Press 30112 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-approves-education-budget-raise <p>The Alabama Senate worked late Tuesday night to approve an education budget and a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees.<br><br>The Senate voted 22-11 for a nearly $5.8 billion budget that would increase spending slightly on schools next year. Then it voted 18-16 to give teachers a 2 percent raise. Both the budget and the pay raise bill must return to the House for review on Thursday.<br><br>The raise would be the first for K-12 employees since October 2007. It would take effect when the new budget begins on Oct. 1.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:55:45 +0000 The Associated Press 29963 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise Budgets Priority for Alabama Lawmakers http://apr.org/post/budgets-priority-alabama-lawmakers <p>The Alabama Legislature enters the final three days of the 2013 legislative session with the main priority being passage of the education and General Fund budgets.</p><p>Passage of the two budgets are the only tasks lawmakers are constitutionally required to complete before the end of the regular session, expected to be May 20.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 12:23:15 +0000 The Associated Press 29804 at http://apr.org Budgets Priority for Alabama Lawmakers Ala. Senate Delays School Budget Until Next Week http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-delays-school-budget-until-next-week <P>Plans to address the education budget Thursday in the state Senate got postponed.</P> <P>Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills says the budget was being delayed until next week because of disagreements over a pay raise for K-12 employees and other issues.</P> <P>Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman of Daphne favors a 1 percent raise with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus. The House approved a 2 percent raise. Thu, 02 May 2013 22:07:56 +0000 The Associated Press 29640 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Delays School Budget Until Next Week 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 Legislature Back From Spring Break http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-back-spring-break <P>The Alabama Legislature is returning from its spring break and beginning the second half of its 2013 session.</P> <DIV> <P>The House Ways and Means-Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the state education budget for Tuesday morning. The House has a proposed work agenda Tuesday afternoon that includes a bill to legalize home brewing of beer and wine.</P> <P>Opponents of bills to restrict abortions plan a rally at the Statehouse Tuesday. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:55:13 +0000 The Associated Press 27771 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Back From Spring Break Budget a Priority for Legislature in 2nd Half http://apr.org/post/budget-priority-legislature-2nd-half <P>The Alabama Legislature begins the second half of its 2013 session on Tuesday.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says his priority for the second half is passing balanced budgets. The former House representative says that's the Legislature's only constitutional duty. A House committee is scheduled to begin work on the education budget Tuesday. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:53:36 +0000 The Associated Press 27704 at http://apr.org Budget a Priority for Legislature in 2nd Half Alabama Legislature on Spring Break http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-spring-break <DIV> <P>The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.</P> <P>Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session. Lawmakers left the capital city Wednesday evening and will return April 2 for their final 15 meeting days.</P> <P>The issues remaining for the second half of the session include the state education budget and the General Fund budget.</P></DIV> <P>Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.</P> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:31:17 +0000 The Associated Press 27102 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature on Spring Break