Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Governor-George
3:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Longshot Republican For Governor Campaigning Again

A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.
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A longshot Republican candidate for governor is campaigning again after being sidelined by illness.

Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George said Thursday that he was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic on Oct. 2. The illness involves a low blood platelet count. It required lots of treatments to get his platelet count back to normal and end his fatigue. But George says he's back to running.

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Alabama Governor-Boeing
4:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gov. Bentley Says Boeing Used Alabama 'To Some Extent'

Gov. Robert Bentley says Boeing used the state for leverage when it was shopping for potential plant sites during labor negotiations.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says Boeing used the state for leverage when it was shopping for potential plant sites during labor negotiations.

But Bentley said Wednesday that he believes the aircraft manufacturer really was interested in the Huntsville area as a new home for jetliner production. Bentley says putting together a proposal for the plant will help Alabama eventually.

Bentley made his remarks after a luncheon speech in Birmingham where he talked about the upcoming legislative session.

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Beasley-Governor
4:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Ala. Sen. Billy Beasley Considers Run For Governor

Democratic state Senator Billy Beasley is considering running for governor.
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Democratic state Sen. Billy Beasley of Clayton is considering running for governor.

The four-term legislator says his campaign platform would include repealing Alabama's new private school tax credits and holding a statewide referendum on legalizing a state lottery.

Beasley says he's assessing support and will make a decision soon. The deadline for Democrats and Republicans to sign up is Feb. 7.

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Pre-Kindergarten Funding
3:27 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Alabama Looking At Another Expansion Of Pre-K

Alabama is looking at another expansion for the state's Pre-Kindergarten program.
Credit Alabama School Readiness Alliance

Advocates of early childhood education are expecting another expansion of the state's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, and they are waiting to see how much the governor will propose when the Legislature convenes Jan. 14.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he will recommend an increase, but he's not saying how much yet.

The Alabama School Readiness Alliance, the Alabama Partnership for Children and others are seeking an increase of $12.8 million for the upcoming school year.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 6.2 percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says unemployment fell in each of Alabama's 67 counties for November. He calls that a sign that the job picture is improving in both urban and rural areas.
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Alabama's unemployment rate is once again down to a five-year low of 6.2 percent.

The governor's office said Friday that the state's jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in November, down from October's revised rate of 6.4 percent.

The 6.2 percent rate matches a five-year low that was also achieved in July and August. It's also below the U.S. unemployment rate of 7 percent.

The November rate represents 132,381 people without jobs in Alabama, compared to 148,956 a year ago.

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Boeing-Alabama
4:03 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Alabama Still Interested In Boeing, Not Talking

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama is interested in seeing Boeing jetliners built in the state, but it isn't saying whether that might happen.
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Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama is interested in seeing Boeing jetliners built in the state, but it isn't saying whether that might happen.

Boeing says it has started telling states whether they remain in the running to build its new 777X aircraft.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said Friday the state remains in a non-disclosure agreement with Boeing, so officials can't comment on the project.

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Governor-Pension Fund
4:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says He's Not Behind Pension Change

Gov. Robert Bentley says a disagreement with state pension fund Chief David Bronner had nothing to do with new controls being placed on Bronner's investment authority.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says his disagreement with state pension fund Chief David Bronner over expanding the state Medicaid program had nothing to do with new controls being placed on Bronner's investment authority.

Bentley says one of his appointees to a Retirement Systems board came up with a resolution requiring the board's investment committee to approve Bronner's investments. Bentley said Tuesday that he didn't know about the resolution until after it happened, but he supports the oversight.

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Tornado Recovery
4:39 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.

Bentley announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants on Tuesday. He says nearly $19 million more is still available for cities and counties to seek.

Tuscaloosa County will get $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in Holt.

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Cost Of Liviing Raises
11:16 am
Sun December 8, 2013

2014 Could Be Repeat Of 2013 For Alabama Raises

Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year.
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  Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to propose an increase for education employees. But he says the state General Fund is too anemic to do the same for non-education employees.

Bentley says he has not decided how much of a raise he will recommend for teachers.

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Boeing-Alabama
3:56 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Gov. Bentley Dealing With Boeing, Airbus

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's assuring Airbus that it is still Alabama's priority even though he's courting their competitor, Boeing.
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Gov. Robert Bentley says he's assuring Airbus that it is still Alabama's priority even though he's courting their competitor, Boeing.

Bentley says he was up early Friday to work on Alabama's offer to Boeing to make the 777X aircraft in the Huntsville area, and he said he will work throughout the weekend to finish the proposal by its due date Tuesday.

One issue is how much money Alabama can offer after landing the Airbus aircraft plant in Mobile last year. Alabama and local governments offered several tax breaks and $158 million in incentives.

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Boeing-Alabama
3:32 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Hubbard Working With Gov. Bentley On Boeing Pitch

House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he's assured the governor that the Legislature will make sure Alabama is competitive for the Boeing 777X aircraft assembly plant.
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House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he's assured the governor that the Legislature will make sure Alabama is competitive for the Boeing 777X aircraft assembly plant.

The Republican leader from Auburn said Thursday that he and Gov. Robert Bentley have had discussions about Boeing and have gone over different scenarios about what the Legislature could do to help.

Hubbard says he told the governor that legislators will do everything in their power to land the Boeing project.

Alabama's offer to Being is due Tuesday. Several other states are competing for the project.

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Governor's Agenda-Boeing
3:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Alabama Looking To Attract Boeing Assembly Plant

Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama will be among the states submitting a proposal next week to land the assembly plant for Boeing's new 777X aircraft.
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Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama will be among the states submitting a proposal next week to land the assembly plant for Boeing's new 777X aircraft.

Bentley says he will meet Thursday with the state's chief industrial recruiter, Greg Canfield, to work on the proposal.

Bentley and other officials met with Boeing executives two weeks ago to try to get the company to develop the plant in the Huntsville area.

Bentley says Boeing has had operations in Huntsville for more than 50 years, and already owns a large tract of land at the Huntsville airport.

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Emergency Housing Grants
3:51 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Grants Awarded To Help Ala. Groups Serve Homeless

Governor Robert Bentley says the grants will "prevent homelessness by giving a helping hand to Alabamians at a time of critical need."
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Governor Robert Bentley has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing Alabama with $1.8 million in grants help fund emergency housing initiatives.

Bentley says that the grants will "prevent homelessness by giving a helping hand to Alabamians at a time of critical need."

The money is being provided by the Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding is meant to help agencies provide shelter, legal and health services and financial consulting.

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Governor-Japan
4:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says Japan Trip Strengthened Relationships

Gov. Robert Bentley says his five-day trip to Japan focused mostly on relationship building, but also included some economic development and recruitment opportunities.
Credit The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he used his trip to Japan to strengthen existing relationships with Japanese companies.

Bentley told reporters Monday that his five-day trip focused mostly on relationship building, but also included some economic development and recruitment opportunities.

Bentley says he met with top executives from Honda and Toyota, both of which have operations in Alabama. He also met with executives at Hayashi Telempu, an automotive parts supplier.

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Health Overhaul Problems-Alabama
4:18 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Says Change Shows Health Care Law Unworkable

Governor Robert Bentley says the president is realizing that the federal health care law is unworkable.
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Alabama's governor says the president is realizing that the federal health care law is unworkable.

The president announced Thursday that consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans that are slated to end because they don't meet the requirements of the federal law.

Gov. Robert Bentley said that's an acknowledgement that the complexities of the law are making implementation practically impossible.

The governor said he would like to see the law repealed and a bipartisan group brought together to create an accessible and affordable health care plan.

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