Alabama Education budget

Commentary
11:49 am
Wed July 15, 2015

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers: "Hubbert vs Wallace"

APR political commentator Steve Flowers

 

The Alabama legislature met in special session on Monday to resolve the on-going debate over the general fund budget. Both chambers recessed the same day, with an eye on meeting again next month. One proposal is to merge the general fund with the spending plan for Alabama schools. Whether that ideas works or not is one issue. APR political commentator Steve Flowers says one trick state lawmakers have avoided in the past is a political case of “robbing Paul to pay Peter.”

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Newscast
9:23 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Education Budget Becomes Law, Senate Struggles With General Fund

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says lawmakers will pass a General Fund budget, and did not rule out adjourning the session early after the budget is passed.

Marsh says lawmakers will concentrate their final meeting days on bills that could save money or generate some funds for the cash-strapped General Fund budget.

However, the Republican Senate leader cautioned the bills weren't enough to make a "big change" in the budget that faces a $200 million shortfall next fiscal year.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Time Expires on Gambling and Revenue Bills, House Passes Scholarship Reform

Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

Time has run out on a bill to legalize gambling and a state lottery in Alabama, and efforts to avoid deep state budget cuts may be too little too late as well.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s gambling bill didn't get a floor vote on the Senate yesterday, and legislative rules make it extremely difficult to pass controversial Senate bills in the final four days of the 30-day session.

Senators also adjourned yesterday before voting on a bill to transfer $100 million from the Education Trust Fund to the cash-strapped General Fund.

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Newscast
9:21 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Water Center to Provide Detailed Forecasting, AL Teach for America Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator

The University of Alabama is teaming up with researchers across the country to study the nation's water.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association just unveiled its newest national center on the Tuscaloosa campus yesterday afternoon.

The $24 million National Water Center is a collaboration between several federal agencies. It will become the U.S. center for water forecasting as well as research and water management.

NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan says they plan to hit the ground running at the new center with a research project starting this summer.

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Newscast
9:47 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Percy Sledge Remembered, Group Backs Tax Plan and Senate Passes Education Budget

Kimble Forrister, Executive Director of Alabama Arise

The singer who became famous for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman" died yesterday. Percy Sledge had a massive impact on what became known as the "Muscle Shoals sound".

Sledge walked into a recording studio in Alabama's Muscle Shoals region in 1966. In a few weeks, his signature song "When a Man Loves a Woman" would become the first of his five gold records.

Dick Cooper is the Curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He says Sledge's legacy was defined when he was just 25 years old.

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Special Session
6:35 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Bentley Has Until April 13 To Sign Budget

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.
Credit State of Alabama

  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.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said Friday that there is no timeframe on when he will make a decision.

Bentley has until April 13 to sign the budget into law or it will die through a pocket veto.

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Governor-Raises
4:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gov. Bentley Still Pushes For 2 Percent Pay Raise

Gov. Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a 2 percent pay raise approved for public school employees.
Credit NPR

Gov. Robert Bentley says he still hopes to get a 2 percent pay raise approved for public school employees.

Bentley said Monday that he's glad that he and legislative leaders agreed to increase funding for the education employees' health insurance program, and he says that should keep them from having to pay higher costs. But Bentley says he wants the Legislature to do more with three meeting days left in the legislative session.

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Education Budget
3:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Committee Approves Budget Without Teacher Bonus

A House committee has approved an education budget aimed at giving teachers more money for their health insurance instead of a raise or bonus.
Credit Alabama.gov

A House committee has approved an education budget aimed at giving teachers more money for their health insurance instead of a raise or bonus.

The House Ways and Means - Education Committee voted 10-4 for the budget Wednesday morning.

The spending plan strips away a one-time 1 percent bonus for public education employees approved by the Alabama Senate.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding

Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing state budgets that would require most state agencies to get by next year with about the same amount they are receiving this year.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing state budgets that would require most state agencies to get by next year with about the same amount they are receiving this year.

Bentley's proposals include increases for all levels of public education.

Bentley's office released his recommended budgets Tuesday, which is the second day of the Legislature's 2014 session.

Bentley's state General Fund budget for the next fiscal year would spend $1.8 billion. The biggest increase is $70 million is for Medicaid. Courts would get a small increase.

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New Budget Chairman
4:24 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Poole Named Ala. House Education Budget Chairman

Republican state Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa has been named chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Credit http://gpr-law.com/

Republican state Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa has been named chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Education Committee.

Poole was appointed to the position Wednesday by Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn. Effective Aug. 1, he will replace Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, who last week announced he is resigning his position in the Legislature.

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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Alabama Governor Signs Both State Budgets

Ala. Governor Robert Bentley has signed the state's education and general fund budgets into law.
governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state General Fund budget and state education budget into law.

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Politics & Government
7:17 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Alabama Governor: Budgets Basically Look Fine

Governor Bentley says the state education and general fund budgets are basically fine.
yellowhammerpolitics.com

Gov. Robert Bentley says his first impression of the state education and state general fund budgets is that they are basically fine.

   Bentley said Wednesday it appears legislators put some pork projects into the budgets and he's still reviewing a few items. But he sad he hasn't seen any major problems yet.

Politics & Government
6:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget

The Alabama Senate and House passed budgets for education and the General Fund on Thursday, May 9.
The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.

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Politics & Government
6:55 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise

The Alabama Senate worked late Tuesday night to approve an education budget and a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees.

The Senate voted 22-11 for a nearly $5.8 billion budget that would increase spending slightly on schools next year. Then it voted 18-16 to give teachers a 2 percent raise. Both the budget and the pay raise bill must return to the House for review on Thursday.

The raise would be the first for K-12 employees since October 2007. It would take effect when the new budget begins on Oct. 1.

2013 Legislative Session
7:23 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Budgets Priority for Alabama Lawmakers

montgomeryalrealestate.org

The Alabama Legislature enters the final three days of the 2013 legislative session with the main priority being passage of the education and General Fund budgets.

Passage of the two budgets are the only tasks lawmakers are constitutionally required to complete before the end of the regular session, expected to be May 20.

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