Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford http://apr.org en Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises? http://apr.org/post/alabama-teachers-hey-governor-what-happened-our-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last few years the state has had to tighten its belt to rein in spending during some lean budget years. Alabama’s teachers have had to shoulder some of that burden with pay cuts and increased contributions to their pensions. Teachers received a two percent pay raise last year, their first since 2007. More raises were expected this year to help bring teacher pay back to pre-recession levels. Governor Robert Bentley took up the cause during his State of the State address...</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:39:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 50720 at http://apr.org Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises? 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