Ala. Senate Delays School Budget Until Next Week

May 2, 2013

The Alabama Senate postponed discussion over the state's education budget until next week.
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Plans to address the education budget Thursday in the state Senate got postponed.

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.

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. Pittman says he may come around to the House's view if he sees the raise is sustainable in future years.

He says another issue is how much money to pay back to a state trust fund that provided money in previous years to prevent cuts in school spending.

The state General Fund budget is also unresolved.