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 [...]

House General Fund budget: More money for Medicaid; level-funding for other agencies

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The House’s Ways and Means General Fund committee Wednesday approved a $1.8 billion General Fund budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides more money for Medicaid, level funds other state agencies and makes a cost-of-living increase for state employees unlikely. The budget proposal closely follows Gov. Robert Bentley’s budget from January. However, the document — [...]

Bill to phase out state sales tax on groceries goes before Senate committee

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Virtually everyone at a Senate hearing Wednesday morning agreed that the state sales tax on groceries should be eliminated. But the question in 2014, as it has been for many years, is how to do it. For Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, the most practical approach is eliminating the state’s four percent sales tax on food [...]

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 [...]