Gov. Robert Bentley’s ETF proposal includes spending outside Rolling Reserve cap

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Gov. Robert Bentley’s 2015 education budget proposal raises an unusual, but not unprecedented question for lawmakers: Does the Education Trust Fund budget pay for all school funding in the state, or is it a very, very large part of a bigger picture? The governor’s office goes with the latter. That, they say, is why the [...]

Alabama Senate approves creation of task force to study prison overcrowding

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The Alabama Senate Thursday approved the creation of a new commission that would work with the Council on State Governments to determine the causes of the state’s prison overcrowding problem and present solutions. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, would create a 26-member body called the Prison Reform Task Force, which would take [...]

Lawmakers seek to strengthen Open Meetings Act

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Gov. Robert Bentley and legislators Thursday announced a bill they said would strengthen provisions of the state’s Open Meetings Act, which critics said was weakened by three recent Alabama Supreme Court decisions. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mike Hill, R-Columbiana and Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster and filed Wednesday, would clarify that the Alabama Legislature and [...]

Bentley’s budget proposals: More funding for education; mostly level funding for state agencies

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With budget estimates that appear to be higher than projections for the Legislative Fiscal Office, Gov, Robert Bentley’s office Wednesday unveiled 2014 budget proposals that would provide pay raises for teachers, increases to pre-kindergarten and the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, and level funding for most state agencies. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton, outlining [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley calls for job creation initiatives, teacher pay raise in State of the State

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Tying job creation proposals to efforts to end Alabama’s high poverty level, Gov. Robert Bentley Tuesday called for new job training and creation initiatives, an expansion of education programs and a two percent pay raise for the state’s teachers. The governor mixed calls to create opportunity with attacks on federal government programs, particularly the Affordable [...]