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Senate narrowly passes budget, Alabama Football media day

Aug 10, 2015

The Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a budget that slashes millions of dollars from Medicaid, mental health, law enforcement and other state agencies.

Senators voted 19-15 for the cut-filled budget today after lawmakers could not agree during a special session on how to fill a budget hole. The House of Representatives will decide whether to go along with the spending plan.

Legislators rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's call for $302 million in taxes. The Senate-passed plan cuts nearly $200 million from state agencies.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he will not back down as he battles with members of his own party over tax increases.

The governor says the cuts currently proposed to state services will cause a tremendous amount of pain to the citizens if lawmakers fail to plug a revenue hole.

The Alabama Senate will vote later today on a budget that slashes $200 million from Alabama’s state agency funding. Governor Bentley calls that budget unworkable and unacceptable. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says Republican senators remain largely opposed to any tax increases.

Charter School guidelines, AARPs "Back to Work" program

Jun 11, 2015

The Alabama Board of Education has approved initial guidelines for regulating future charter schools in the state.

The board on Thursday voted in favor of regulations that include stipulations such as approval timelines, funding and safety.

The guidelines are rules temporarily set in place before a June 17 deadline.

State Superintendent Tommy Bice says the guidelines adopted are "broad categories" that will be addressed in permanent guidelines the board is putting together.

Members of the Alabama House of Representatives are returning to Montgomery today for what the speaker's office is calling a "legislative workday," despite the legislative session having ended and lawmakers being unable to take any official action.

Representatives plan to convene this morning at 10 a.m. The budget committee and several budget-related task forces plan to meet in the afternoon.

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The state's utility regulatory board has refused to reconsider its new rate structure for Alabama Power Co.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to reject a request by AARP to reconsider the rate plan. The vote was the same as the PSC's decision in August to approve the rate structure. The PSC's top attorney recommended rejecting AARP's request and said the organization for older Americans had not presented any new issues.

Credit istockphotoAlabama Power Co. is urging the state's utility regulatory board to reject a request by AARP to reconsider the new rate plan for the state's largest electric utility.Edit | Remove

Alabama Power Co. is urging the state's utility regulatory board to reject a request by AARP to reconsider the new rate plan for the state's largest electric utility.

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Alabama Power Co. predicts that its rates will remain level through 2014, despite the forecast of consumer savings when the state's utility regulatory board approved a new rate plan.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 last month to revise its rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power. Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh forecast the change would result in annual savings for consumers of $30 to $110.

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Some groups will call for rate changes for Alabama Power Co. when the state's utility regulatory board wraps up hearings Wednesday on the state's largest electric utility.

AARP and Alabama Arise have filed position papers saying the current rate structure is too favorable to the company. Alabama Power says the rate structure is fair and reasonable, and it allows the company to provide a reliable product despite residential demand that is higher than the national average.