Governor Robert Bentley

News
4:40 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Bentley releases gameplan for special session, Farmer's Conference

Governor Robert Bentley has released his tax and budget proposals ahead of next week's special session on a budget shortfall.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis says the state is at a critical point, and must either make cuts to state services or find new revenue.

The governor is seeking a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. He is also seeking to raise the business privilege tax on larger businesses while giving smaller ones a tax cut.

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News
4:41 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Bentley at National Governors Association meeting, W.C. Handy Music Festival

Governor Robert Bentley is in West Virginia today.  He’s highlighting the Gulf State Park Project as an innovative strategy for tourism and economic development at the Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association.

Governor Bentley is the vice-chair of NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee.

Bentley presented Alabama’s plans for the Gulf State Park Project and highlighted its benefits for the state’s tourism industry.

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News
5:22 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Bentley on removing Confederate Flag: "Right thing to do"

Gov. Robert Bentley says removing four Confederate flags from the state Capitol was the "right thing to do."

The governor says Alabama needs to show the world that it is different than it was in 1963.

Bentley, in an interview with The Associated Press, says he stood behind his decision last week to remove the flags. He wanted to head off what he saw as growing controversy about the Confederate banners.

News
4:39 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Bentley on Budget cuts, Blue Bell announces layoffs in Alabama

Governor Robert Bentley is weighing in on the general fund budget plan approved by the Alabama House. The package would cut $200 million from state agencies after GOP lawmakers could not reach an agreement on tax increases.  Representatives voted 66-36 for the spending plan yesterday.

Most Democrats voted against the budget after criticizing the cuts and Governor Bentley feels the same way…

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Hard Times at the Mill
2:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Hard Times at the Mill: International Paper to Close Courtland Facility

International Paper Job Fair
Stan Ingold

  A north Alabama county is about it lose its biggest employer.  International Paper says it’s closing the paper mill in Lawrence County after forty three years of operation. After the first round of layoffs we take a look at how the town of Courtland and the residents are doing.

Courtland Alabama has a population of around seven hundred people and one big employer. The International Paper mill provided jobs to over a thousand Lawrence County workers, but according to International Paper spokeswoman Laura Gipson that is about to change…

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Amendments
11:21 am
Fri November 2, 2012

A 2012 Statewide Amendments Overview With The League Of Women Voters

Alabamian's will get to decide on 11 amendments to the state's constitution on November 6.
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Election Day is less than a week away and there are many important races ranging from local all the way up to national for voters to decide. Alabamians will also have a chance to decide the outcome of 11 amendments on this year’s ballot as well. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez has an overview of the ballot measures and some of the amendments that are drumming up controversy.

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Open Records
5:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gov. Bentley Rejects Open Records Request

Governor Robert Bentley has deneid an open records request from a state newspaper.
http://governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says Alabama's open records law doesn't cover budget cut proposals he could have implemented if Alabama voters had rejected the transfer of $437 million to the state General Fund budget. The Decatur Daily filed a public records request asking for correspondence between the governor and his staff or agency heads about possible cuts and about plans for early retirement incentives for public employees.

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Governor-Jobs
3:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money

Governor Bentley uses political firm to get ads out touting need to pass Amendment 2.
State of Alabama

The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama. Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. That's a San Francisco firm that helped get across Bentley's message in 2010 that he would not draw a salary as governor until he got Alabama's high unemployment rate down to normal levels.

Auburn Med School
4:05 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Doctors' Group Opposes Auburn Medical School

An Alabama osteopathic doctor's group opposes the creation of a new medical college in Auburn.
William J. Samford Hall Wikimedia Commons

A professional organization representing Alabama's osteopathic doctors said it can't support the creation of a new medical college in Auburn. Members of the Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA) said construction of a new medical college in 2015 could dilute the quality of medical school applicants in the state. The Auburn school would open after another one slated to admit students in Dothan beginning next year. Members of the group say the situation could create a glut of students looking to complete medical school requirements at locations throughout Alabama.

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Amendment 2
11:58 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Governor Bentley Touts Amendment 2 As Job Creator

Governor Bentley touts Amendment 2 on Nov. 6th ballot as a job creator
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment that could determine how successful he is in keeping his campaign promise to create jobs. Bentley is urging voters to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6. He says it will give the state a new avenue for providing incentives for industries to locate in Alabama. Alabama's Constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds for industrial incentives. The state is near that limit.

Politics & Government
8:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Ala. Governor Won't Implement Part of Health Law

governor.alabama.gov

Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.

Bentley's aides announced Monday that he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act. Bentley said he will not make a decision on establishing minimum benefits for those buying individual and small group policies in Alabama. He called it irresponsible to decide what Alabama's benchmark will be for essential health benefits without clear guidance from the federal government.

Politics & Government
10:26 am
Sun September 30, 2012

District Attorney Retiring From 35th Circuit

District Attorney Tommy Chapman is stepping down from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit.
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The district attorney prosecuting cases in Monroe and Conecuh counties will soon retire.

Tommy Chapman will step down Monday from his post as district attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Chapman's chief assistant, Steve Wadlington, to fill the remainder of Chapman's term.

Gov. Guy Hunt first appointed Chapman as the local district attorney in 1990. He was re-elected four times.

Alabama Immigration
5:11 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law

The NAFTA Initialing Ceremony from October 1992 with then President George H.W. Bush.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Wikimedia Commons

The Mexican government is reviewing a labor union's complaint that Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants violates an international trade agreement.

An official with Mexico's labor department confirms the review in a letter released Thursday by the group that filed the complaint, the Service Employees International Union.

The labor organization and a Mexican attorneys group filed a complaint in April.

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September Referendum
5:11 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Gov. Bentley Succeeds Where Predecessors Failed

Governor Bentley succeeds where previous two governors failed.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley has done something neither of Alabama's last two governors could do: Get voters to turn out in a special election to pass a major initiative defining their administrations.

Bentley said the constitutional amendment withdrawing money from the Alabama Trust Fund didn't involve moral issues like Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery vote in 1999 or tax increases like Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan in 2003.

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Retirement Incentives
4:53 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Ala. Governor Working On Retirement Incentives

Governor Robert Bentley is looking at retirement incentives to help save the state money long term.
State of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's getting close to proposing retirement incentives for state employees and he may follow that with retirement incentives for public school employees. Bentley said Thursday he's got no goal yet for the number of retirements, but the state would cut its expenses by $82 million if 1,500 employees retired. Bentley said retired teachers would have to be replaced, but the new employees would be younger teachers making less pay than veteran educators. He said 5,000 retirements would save $100 million.

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