Governor Robert Bentley will ask lawmakers to approve a $700 million tax and revenue package in the upcoming legislative session.
Bentley said Thursday he wasn't going to sugarcoat the state's budget situation. He said Alabama needs additional revenue to maintain services. Bentley also joked that it must be true if a Deep South Republican says raising taxes is the only option.
Bentley is expected to discuss the specifics of those new tax proposals in his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session, March 3.
Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators. They are also looking for conversations with members of the executive branch about the case.
Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion Wednesday asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.
Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.
Bringing new industry into your state is often an expensive undertaking, full of tax breaks and other financial incentives. But as APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports, Alabama may start looking for results before handing over any cash...
Governor Bentley is looking at changing how the state of Alabama tries to lure new business and industry to the area.That’s what he told an audience today at the Economic Development Association convention in Montgomery.
Governor Robert Bentley says there are no easy solutions to the state's budget and prison problems. Bentley, in his second inaugural address, said state leaders face tough decisions as they come into office for the next four years. However, Bentley said state leaders will not shrink away from the challenge.
A budget shortfall and the state's severely overcrowded prisons are expected to be the biggest problems facing the Legislature when it convenes in March. The governor is expected to give his proposals when he gives his State of the State address in March.
The state of Alabama and the country of Peru are a step closer to stronger economic ties. APR Student Reporter Sable Washington reports on today’s ceremony and a similar one is underway involving Europe…
Governor Robert Bentley is telling Attorney General Luther Strange that the state has limited resources to fight gambling. The governor, in a January 13th letter to Strange, says the primary duty rests with local law enforcement.
The governor says he was responding to a memo that Strange sent district attorneys and local law enforcement officials suggesting that state police would be a "valuable resource" to them in trying to shut down gambling operations. Strange said he expected them to enforce gambling laws.
Alabama’s Unmanned Aerial System Task Force has submitted a report to Governor Bentley. That report will lay the groundwork for regulating unmanned aerial drones throughout the state. Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan heads that task force. He says the privacy of Alabama’s citizens was a great concern when drafting the report, but compared UAVs to another hot-button privacy topic.
Polaris Industries is planning a manufacturing plant that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley and other leaders announced the factory during an event in Huntsville on Friday.
The 600,000-square-foot plant will construct off-road vehicles in Limestone County west of Huntsville. Production is slated for 2016.The project adds a new twist to Alabama's growing vehicle industry, which mainly involves automobiles.
Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent. The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.
Governor Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago.
Governor Robert Bentley is challenging legislators to be leaders as they address the state's budget crisis next year.
Bentley says he wants to make significant changes instead of putting a Band-Aid on the state's budget for another year. The governor has said he will suggest solutions when he submits his proposed budget next year, but has not yet detailed what those will be.
Legislators heard a grim General Fund presentation on the final day of legislative orientation.