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 [...]

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 [...]

Pay day loan database approved by House committee

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The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday approved a compromise pay day regulation bill that would establish a central database to track loans, but drop an earlier provision that would have capped them at 36 percent. The new bill, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham and brokered in part by House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, represents [...]

Senate approves package of public assistance bills

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The Alabama Senate Wednesday evening passed five bills regulating and, in some cases, restricting the use of and qualification for public benefits. The approval of the legislation was relatively smooth, a day after Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, abruptly adjourned the Senate during a debate over one of the bills, following attempts to [...]