Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Severe Weather-Alabama Aid
4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Congressional Delegation Backs Aid For Alabama

Damage in Bessemer from storms that tore through Alabama on April 28-29, 2014.
Credit Ryan Vasquez / APR News

Alabama's congressional delegation has written a letter to the president supporting the governor's request for an emergency declaration for Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking the declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state this week.

The letter from the congressional delegation urges approval of federal financial support for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Bentley's request noted that at least 19 counties suffered damage and three people died in the severe weather.

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Emergency Declaration
10:54 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ala. Storm System Prompts Emergency Declaration

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.

Bentley said in a statement Monday evening that the declaration covers every county in Alabama, and that heavy damage has been reported in some areas that were in the path of a suspected tornado.

Bentley says all state agencies are ordered "to take necessary actions to respond to Alabama communities that need help."

The governor says 100 Alabama National Guard members are on stand-by and are ready to help in impacted areas if necessary.

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Teacher Raises
7:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alabama Teachers: Hey Governor, What Happened To Our Raises?

Rally for teacher pay raises in front of the Alabama State House on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Montgomery.
Lloyd Gallman Montgomery Advertiser

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...

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Birmingham Beltline
4:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Leaders Break Ground On $5.5B Birmingham Perimeter

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area.
Credit politico.com

Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metropolitan area.

A ceremony was held Monday to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.

Bentley approved the first construction stage in the fall, but the project is expected to take more than 25 years to complete.

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Politics & Government
7:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Bentley Releases His Tax Return

http://governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley's tax return shows he's still not receiving any income from being governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of nearly $373,000 for 2013.

About $233,000 of that came from Bentley selling his interest in the building where his medical practice was located in Tuscaloosa. Much of the remainder was from IRA distributions and Social Security.

The governor and first lady paid more than $81,000 in taxes. They also donated more than $15,000 to charities.

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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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General Fund-Prisons
3:38 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Bentley Supportive Of Prison Ombudsman

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he's supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor's office.
Credit The Associated Press

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he's supportive of $250,000 added to the state General Fund budget for hiring a prison ombudsman in the governor's office.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr added the money to the General Fund budget when his committee approved it on Wednesday. Orr says the ombudsman would start by focusing on complaints from inmates at Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka. Some inmates at Tutwiler have complained about sexual abuse. Orr says the ombudsman would give the governor a direct line to what's going on in Tutwiler.

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Governor-Pay Raise
4:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ala. Legislature Has Governor Blocked On Pay Raise

Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.
Credit yellowhammernews.com

Gov. Robert Bentley may have no way to give education employees the 2 percent pay raise he has recommended.

Bentley recommended a 2 percent raise at the start of the legislative session. The Senate reduced Bentley's pay raise bill to a one-time bonus of 1 percent. That bill stalled in the House budget committee Wednesday. Bentley said Thursday he needs a pay raise bill of some type to amend the amount to 2 percent. He said he can't enact a raise by adding language to the state education budget.

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Governor-Lottery
1:52 am
Sun February 23, 2014

3 Of Bentley's Opponents Seek Alabama Lottery

Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.
Credit Garry Knight / Flickr

Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.

Both Democratic candidates for governor, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass, are proposing a lottery to pay for college scholarships. One of the Republican candidates, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, is advocating a lottery to pay for scholarships and several other programs.

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Scenic River Signs
1:37 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Alabama Providing Signs Along Scenic River Trail

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $80,000 in federal recreation funds for signs along the 2,500-mile trail of navigable rivers, streams and lakes.
Credit http://governor.alabama.gov / Office of the Governor

Alabama's Scenic River Trail will be getting signs alerting boaters to navigation obstacles, takeout points, and locations for food, gas and lodging.

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $80,000 in federal recreation funds for signs along the 2,500-mile trail of navigable rivers, streams and lakes.

The Scenic River Trail Association estimates the grant will help provide at least 200 signs. The association says the signs will encourage more recreational use of Alabama's waterways and increase opportunities for outfitters and merchants along the trail.

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Politics & Government
8:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Parker Griffith Kicks Off Campaign for Governor

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Former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith kicked off his Democratic campaign for governor by calling for the creation of a state lottery to fund college scholarships and an expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

Griffith says a healthier, better educated Alabama will lead to more jobs.

Griffith outlined his campaign agenda of jobs, education and health care in a letter posted on his new campaign website Wednesday. In interviews, he called Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid for not expanding Medicaid.

Winter Weather-Bentley
3:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Bentley Says Guard Wreckers Already Being Used

Governor Bentley says lessons learned from the Jan. 28 ice storm are helping aid efforts this time around.
Credit politico.com

Gov. Robert Bentley says two National Guard wreckers have been dispatched to Interstate 65 near Cullman to help clear jackknifed 18-wheelers that blocked northbound traffic.

The governor says one lesson learned from the Jan. 28 ice storm was to get National Guard wreckers organized early to pull stalled vehicles to the side of the road until the weather clears and the owners can reclaim them.

Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Harris says the state has brought in contractor crews to assist with snow removal across north Alabama counties.

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Politics & Government
6:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Parker Griffith Running for Governor

Parker Griffith
opensecrets.org

Former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville is running for governor as a Democrat.

Griffith turned in his qualifying papers at state party headquarters in Montgomery shortly before the deadline on Friday.

Griffith served as a Democrat in the Alabama Senate and then was elected to Congress to represent part of north Alabama.

After his election he switched to the Republican Party and lost a GOP primary bid to Mo Brooks, who now represents the 5th District.

Griffith recently rejoined the Democratic Party.

Alabama Unemployment
3:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Down To 6.1 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1 percent which is a five-year low.
Credit The Governor's Office

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley says that's a five-year low. The last time Alabama has a rate at or below 6.1 percent was October 2008, when the rate was 5.9 percent.

The state Labor Department says December's rate of 6.1 percent compares to 6.2 percent in November and 6.8 percent a year ago. Alabama's rate is below the national average of 6.7 percent. Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 3.8 percent, Lee at 4.7 percent and St. Clair and Cullman at 4.8 percent.

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