After hours of debate over the lack of a raise for state employees, the Alabama House of Representatives finally approved a General Fund Budget.
Representatives voted 72-28 in favor of the $1.8 billion budget late last night. The funding bill now moves to the state Senate.
Montgomery lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to add some sort of raise or bonus for state employees, who haven't had a cost-of-living increase since 2008.
Rep. Napoleon Bracy of Prichard says lawmakers wouldn't expect to work 10 years without a raise.