Senate approves $1.8 billion General Fund budget

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The Senate Thursday approved a $1.8 billion budget that includes a one-time, $400 bonus for state employees, level-funding for insurance and additional money for security enhancements and improvements in the Department of Corrections. The budget passed the Senate 30 to 2. The House, which approved the General Fund on Feb. 26, will have to decide [...]

Death penalty secrecy legislation moves forward in Senate

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A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would keep those involved in the manufacture and distribution of drugs used in executions shielded from public view. However, further negotiations over the legislation remain before it emerges in the Senate. The key question is language that, as passed the House, would prevent discovery and admission of [...]

State employees could get one-time bonus in General Fund proposal

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State employees may get a one-time bonus worth around $400 under a 2015 General Fund budget proposal approved by a Senate committee Wednesday. The bonus would be paid for by a $4.5 million allocation within the budget. Senate Finance and Taxation Committee chairman Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said the proposal could change before Thursday, when the [...]

General Fund budget expected in Senate committee

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A Senate committee this morning is expected to take up the 2015 General Fund budget, which pays for most non-education funding in the state. As passed out of the House of Representatives earlier this month, the $1.8 billion budget provides a $70 million boost for Medicaid, effectively level-funds the state’s troubled Corrections system and makes [...]

Under the Dome: Marsh sees ‘no way’ to provide teacher pay raise and insurance boost

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Senate leadership Thursday largely shrugged off Gov. Robert Bentley‘s threat to veto any education budget without a teacher pay raise or full funding for insurance. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he saw “no way” to meet the governor’s budget goals without overspending in the Education Trust Fund budget. The Senate on Feb. [...]