Under the Dome: Senate ETF, like Governor’s, spends above Rolling Reserve Cap

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The 2011 Rolling Reserve Act, touted as a restraint on reckless spending in the state’s education budget, increasingly seems more like an obstacle for lawmakers to overcome. Gov. Robert Bentley’s budget proposal, submitted to the Legislature last month, included $92 million in spending outside the cap, which the governor said did not violate the caps [...]

Under the Dome: Senate education budget chair cautious about ETF proposal

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Gov. Robert Bentley‘s proposal to spend about $92 million outside the Rolling Reserve cap drew a cautious response Thursday from the chairman of the Senate education budget committee. Bentley’s budget, unveiled Jan. 15, allocates about $5.8 billion in spending on the Education Trust Fund. However, it also includes about $92 million in gross sales tax [...]

Hubbard selects McCutcheon as rules committee chairman

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House Speaker Mike Hubbard has selected Rep. Mac McCutcheon to serve as chairman of the House Rules Committee, a key post that oversees the committee that determines which bills come to the House floor for debate. McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, follows former Rep. Blaine Galliher, who left that leadership post earlier this year to work as legislative [...]

Homebrewing bill introduced in Ala. House

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Homebrewers hope this will be the year they can pursue their hobby without breaking state law. Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, filed legislation last week that would allow Alabamians to manufacture limited amounts of beer, wine, cider and mead for personal or noncommercial uses. “What this bill is all about is just allowing people in this [...]