Gov. Bentley signs 2015 education budget; opens door for special session on teacher pay

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Gov. Robert Bentley Friday morning signed the 2015 education budget, passed by the Alabama Legislature last week after a struggle between the Governor and legislative leaders over a teacher pay raise. The budget does not include the two percent wage increase Bentley sought. However, the Governor said Friday he reserved the right to call the [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley to announce decision on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley will announce Friday morning whether he will sign or veto the 2015 education budget, which includes increased funding for teacher insurance, but no pay raises for education employees. The Governor is scheduled to make his announcement at 9 a.m. Friday, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis. If Bentley signs the $5.9 billion Education [...]

Alabama education budget could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today

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An education budget with more money for insurance but no funding for teacher pay raises or bonuses could go to Gov. Robert Bentley today. A conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Education Trust Fund budget met Thursday morning, and was expected to vote on a version to [...]

Senate gun bill stalls amid sheriffs’ concerns, legislative maneuvering

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A bill allowing drivers to carry loaded pistols in their cars without a permit Thursday trapped the Alabama Senate in a crossfire between issues of gun rights and local revenue. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, would allow individuals to carry a pistol in their car without a concealed carry permit. Individuals would [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley calls for vote on teacher pay raise

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Gov. Robert Bentley Thursday called for an up-or-down vote on a two percent pay raise for teachers, saying there was enough money available to do that and fully fund teachers’ insurance. The remarks, a variation of comments Bentley made Wednesday after a House committee approved a $5.93 billion 2015 education budget without pay raises, sets [...]