Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford 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 Alabama House Democrats Push Lottery, Tobacco Tax http://apr.org/post/alabama-house-democrats-push-lottery-tobacco-tax <p></p><p>Democrats in the Alabama House have announced their support for a state lottery referendum, 6 percent raise for public employees and a tobacco tax increase.</p><p>The House Democratic Caucus unveiled its agenda Tuesday. House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says it's been 15 years since Alabama voters turned down a state lottery, and it's time for another statewide vote.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:39:11 +0000 The Associated Press 45360 at http://apr.org Alabama House Democrats Push Lottery, Tobacco Tax Ala. House Democratic Leader Pushing State Lottery http://apr.org/post/ala-house-democratic-leader-pushing-state-lottery <p></p><p>The Democratic leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.</p><p>House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden says a lottery could create as much as $250 million annually for schools. He says many Alabamians are playing lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and he wants to keep their money at home.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:14 +0000 The Associated Press 42980 at http://apr.org Ala. House Democratic Leader Pushing State Lottery ALA Democrat Calls to Strip Accountability Funding http://apr.org/post/ala-democrat-calls-strip-accountability-funding <p>An Alabama Democrat says the Accountability Act has failed and is asking lawmakers to divert funding intended for tax credits to another educational program.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; House Minority Leader Craig Ford, of Gadsden, said Thursday that he'd like to see the state reallocate $40 million meant for tax credits under the legislation used instead to expand the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.<br> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:12:19 +0000 The Associated Press 37824 at http://apr.org ALA Democrat Calls to Strip Accountability Funding