Republican lawmakers in Alabama’s House of Representatives have a new proposal to end the state's budget crisis.
Yesterday, House leaders announced a plan to fix the General Fund budget shortfall through a combination of cost-cutting, consolidation and new taxes. They plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and car rentals, cap paid state employee holidays and transfer revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund.
The proposal would raise nearly $200 million in new revenue. That’s less than half the $541 million Gov. Robert Bentley wants to raise.
A bill to create a new independent governing board for Alabama's two-year college system has hit a stumbling block in the Senate.
Yesterday, the state Senate delayed a vote on a bill to remove the junior college system from the oversight of the state Board of Education after one senator raised several objections to the current version.
The state school board is fighting the legislation and, in March, they unanimously approved a resolution opposing the measure.
Alabama community colleges are expanding their course offerings that prepare students to start and run their own businesses.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/10MrpTO ) the Alabama Community College System plans to add classes in entrepreneurship and support programs. Gadsden State Community College this semester rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.