Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Business & Education
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. governor, others advocate pre-K expansion

The governor is adding his voice to business and education leaders calling for an expansion of Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he wants to expand pre-K education and considers it more important than the Alabama Reading Initiative.

Bentley's comments to a Birmingham business group came less than a week after the State Board of Education called for an extra $5 million next year. A coalition of business leaders, educators and children's advocates is pushing for an even bigger increase.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Governor: No Decision on Ala. Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced no decision yet on whether he wants Alabama to create a health insurance exchange or leave it to the federal government.


Friday is the deadline for states to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about what they intend to do. Exchanges are mandated by the Affordable Care Act for each state, but they can be state run or federally run.

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Politics & Government
8:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters OK Measure Designed to Bring Jobs to State

Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.


Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.

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Governor-Budget
9:44 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Alabama Governor Drops Riley's Budget Process

Governor Robert Bentley has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration.
Credit State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley's administration has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration that required government agencies to set goals and plan their spending to achieve those goals.

The budgeting process, which went by the acronym SMART, was run out of the state's Executive Planning Office. The last person to head that office, Jonathan Barganier, says that data collected was useful, but it often wasn't used by legislators for budget decisions. He said the additional paperwork it required was a challenge.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Drops After 4-month Climb

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5 percent in August to 8.3 percent in September. That's below last year's rate of 8.8 percent.

The September figure represents nearly 178,000 Alabamians looking for work. That's down from 183,000 the prior month.

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State Employees Retirement
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Gov. Bentley Reveals Retirement Incentive Plan Details

Governor Bentley Bentley will ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.
State of Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to ask legislators to pass a bill offering eligible state employees an incentive if they voluntarily retire.

The governor announced details of the plan at a news conference Monday in Huntsville. He said it would either pay 100 percent of monthly premiums for health insurance for five years or offer $15,000 in cash payments.

He said the program would help retiring workers while at the same time saving taxpayers between $18 million and $26 million a year.

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Hurricane Aid
4:42 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

5 More Counties Eligible For Aid After Hurricane

Governor Bentley says five more counties damaged by Hurricane Isaac are eligible for federal aid.
FEMA

Alabama's governor says five more counties will be eligible for federal aid aimed at helping communities recover from damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the request.

Bentley had sent a letter to FEMA saying the five counties -- Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry -- suffered $2.5 million in damage.

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Governor's Home Burglarized
5:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Governor Bentley's Private Home Burglarized

Tuscaloosa Police say Gov. Bentley's private home was burglarized Sunday.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Police say someone has broken into the private home of Gov. Robert Bentley in Tuscaloosa.

A police statement issued Wednesday says officers responded to an alarm that went off at Bentley's home shortly before midnight on Sunday.

A television was taken, but police say other items weren't reported missing.

Police say someone entered the house through a window by force. No arrests have been made, but police say they are investigating.

Arts & Life
8:27 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Ala. governor Seeks Aid for 5 More Counties

Waves crash into the public fishing pier at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., shortly before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
AP Photo/Jay Reeves

Alabama's governor is asking for federal assistance for five more counties affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Robert Bentley sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry counties in south and west Alabama suffered $2.5 million in damage. Bentley said that's based on damage assessments completed this week.

Politics & Government
4:58 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Army Plan Would Limit Lock Usage on Ala. Rivers

People fish at the downstream lock of he Claiborne Lock and Dam on the Alabama River Wednesday, June 29, 2011, near Claiborne, Alabama. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to restrict traffic through the locks to save money.
Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

State officials are criticizing a plan that would limit lock usage on the Alabama and Chattahoochee rivers.

Citing budget cuts and low river traffic, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said starting Oct. 7 it will allow commercial boats to transit the locks if boat operators make an appointment 72 hours in advance. The locks allow boats to bypass dams that obstruct river travel.

Recreational boats can use the locks only if the locks are being used for another purpose.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Bentley Appoints Jay York to Mobile County Court

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Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed a workers compensation attorney to a judgeship in Mobile County.

Jay York will replace retiring District Judge Michael McMaken. The Mobile Press-Register (http://bit.ly/PAil07 ) reports that McMaken's last official day is Sunday.

York was among three lawyers recommended by the Mobile County Judicial Commission. By law, Bentley had to select one of the candidates endorsed by the commission.

Bentley said that York brings experience and "sound judgment" to the court.

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Business & Education
8:11 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Alabama Seeing Growth in Advanced Placement Exams

Alabama education officials say the state is No. 1 in the nation for the growth in high school students making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams for the last five years and for the growth in minority students taking AP courses.


Gov. Robert Bentley, state school Superintendent Tommy Bice and supporters of the A Plus College Ready program announced Monday in Millbrook that qualifying scores have gone up 102 percent and minority participation 318 percent over the last five years.

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Politics & Government
8:57 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Bentley Seeks More Tornado Aid for Tuscaloosa

governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Alabama's governor went to Washington this week to try to secure more money for tornado recovery in Tuscaloosa.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he met with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, of Wednesday.

They talked about Bentley's concerns that HUD's formula caused hundreds of rental homes that were damaged or destroyed in Tuscaloosa to be excluded from the recovery assistance funding. Bentley said he's also wrote a letter to the president.

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