Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical bill that will provide a one-time payment for former educators and beneficiaries who receive retirement benefits from the Teachers’ Retirement Systems (TRS). Read More

PEEHIP Board Raises Health Insurance Premiums on Education Employees

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 27, the PEEHIP (Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program) board voted 7 to 6 to increase the monthly health insurance premiums for education worker and retirees insured by the plan.

Beginning on October 1, 2016 single plans will see a $15 a month rate increase. Family plans will be increased by $30 each month. A vote to utilize up to 10 percent of the PEEHIP Trust to offset the rate hikes was defeated on a 7 to 6 vote.
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Education Budget and Pay Raise Bill Passed by Legislature

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 22, the Pay Raise bill and ETF Budget both passed out of Conference Committee and were approved by both Houses of the Alabama Legislature.

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said in a statement, “A very busy day today in Montgomery! We non concurred with the Senate on the education budget and pay raise bills. Next they went to conference committee and then came back with an agreement to which we concurred.”
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Education Budget Comes Out of Senate Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 12, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee voted to finally move the education trust fund budget (ETF) out of committee. It potentially could be vote on by the full Senate as early as today.

State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) said that the education budget is one of the largest budgets that we have ever considered and included a four percent pay raise for Alabama teachers.
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House Expected to Pass Education Budget with Four Percent Raise for Most Education Employees

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives is expected to pass an education budget this week that will increase teachers and education workers by four percent a year……double the two percent raise requested by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). The education received a favorable report from the House Ways and Means Education Committee on Wednesday and could be passed by the full House as early as Tuesday.
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