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 [...]

Alabama General Fund finishes year with small surplus

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Just a little over a year after state voters approved a three-year, $437 million transfer of funds to shore up the state’s troubled General Fund, state officials said Tuesday the budget finished the fiscal year with a tiny surplus. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton said the General Fund, which pays for most non-education programs in [...]

Federal government seeks $88 million refund from Alabama Medicaid Agency

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General says the Alabama Medicaid Agency needs to return $88.1 million in funding, due to what the department said was an incorrect way of calculating the number of enrolled children in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Dr. Don Williamson, the head of an effort to revamp [...]

Preliminary Medicaid map would move recipients into 5 regions

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The Alabama Medicaid Agency has a first draft of a reorganization map, with the state divided into five regions and Montgomery included in one taking in southeast Alabama. However, Dr. Don Williamson, overseeing the overhaul of the way the agency delivers services, said Friday the number of regions — and the map — could change [...]

Legislature approves General Fund budget; courts warn of layoffs

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The administrator of the state’s court system said Thursday morning the system will be forced to lay off at last 150 employees under a compromise General Fund budget approved by the Legislature Thursday. The House and Senate approved changes to the budget made by a conference committee late Thursday evening. The House approved the changes 74 to [...]