Holmes pushes Bentley to dismiss head of National Guard

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State Rep. Alvin Holmes, after becoming agitated that Adjutant General Perry Smith did not answer his calls and respond promptly to his request for information about the Alabama National Guard, has asked Gov. Robert Bentley to remove him. But a spokesman for Bentley said the governor has no plans to dismiss Smith. “Major General Smith [...]

State officials excited about 2011 budgets

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On the last day of a fiscal year that included drastic cuts to some state agencies and the loss of about 1,000 employees, state Finance Director Marquita Furness Davis said she and Gov. Robert Bentley are excited about how the year ended. Davis, who started the job in mid-September, said sales tax collections were up [...]

Davis begins duties as state finance chief

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Alabama’s first female finance director took office on Monday in the midst of dire economic times for Alabama and other states. Gov. Robert Bentley swore in Marquita Furness Davis, who previously served as commissioner for the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, on Monday. He swore her in on a camouflage outdoorsman’s Bible that belongs to [...]

Sides start fight over state employee furloughs

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Jodi McDade and other state employees said they know they have to make sacrifices because of the state’s dire economic status, but they feel like lawmakers are piling it on them by increasing how much they will likely have to pay in benefits, stripping some other benefits, and now looking at allowing departments to use [...]