The Alabama House has adopted a $5.7 billion budget that gives teachers and other education employees their first pay raise since 2008.
The spending plan gives public school employees a 2 percent raise. That's less than the 5 percent increase supported by Democratic lawmakers.
The budget was adopted late Wednesday after more than six hours of debate on the spending plan and a separate pay raise bill.
House members voted 62-37 against a proposed amendment by Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre to increase the raise to 5 percent.
Two Republican legislators who designed Alabama's first proration-free education budget in several years say they are optimistic the state's new education budget will also avoid midyear cutbacks.