Lawmakers request ALSDE give back $1.4 million to MPS after clerical error

February 9, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Reps. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, called on the Alabama State Department of Education to return $1.4 million that was mistakenly sent to another school district in a letter and press conference on Thursday.

Their complaint stems from a clerical error by the Alabama State Department of Education that sent $1.4 million to the Pike Road Schools instead of the Montgomery Pubic School System. The money, which was supposed to be returned in October, never manifested from the Pike Road Schools

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Stalemate Continues Despite Public Posturing

July 27, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—After legislators finished meeting last week hoping to find a solution to the failed State General Fund budget, (SGF), Speaker Mike Hubbard told Mary Sells of the Decatur Daily, “We’re not that far apart on most things.”

However, State Senators and Representatives speaking on background said, that the two chambers are not close and that a second Special Session is almost assured.

Most Senators expressed optimism after its caucus meeting on Thursday, but said the joint meeting with the House left little doubt that a quick budget resolution was not forthcoming.
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Senator Offers New Way on Budgeting

July 16, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) is offering a plan to consolidate the State’s two-budget system, while protecting education and capping out of control spending. 

At a press conference on Tuesday, Bussman, a doctor, said it is time for State government to stop putting a band-aid on its financial problems and fix the underling cause.

“For the last several decades, we’ve continued with a ‘band-aid’ approach when solving our budget problems…by not having any band-aids available this year, we passed a budget that was not reasonable. And we all know what the problem is: we have two budgets and we have too many earmarks,” Bussman said Tuesday.
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Job Creation Act HB160 is Passed Out of Committee in the Senate

April 24, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Job Creation Act, of 2012, sponsored by Alabama Senator Phil Williams, passed out of committee last week. The bill, HB160 would allow new and existing companies to retain a percentage of state income taxes withheld from eligible employees.

Sen. Phil Williams, who is sponsoring the legislation in the Senate, said the bill is needed to keep Alabama competitive in attracting businesses. “19 other states have similar legislation already passed, which means we are behind the curve. This bill is critical for job growth in Alabama,” Sen. Williams said.
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AEA, Democrats Question Charter School Bill

April 10, 2012

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill known as the Education Options Act of 2012, HB541, will appear in Ways and Means Education Committee again on Tuesday. Several amendments and changes had been made to the bill before it passed committee on Thursday. According to Chairman Jay Love (R-Montgomery) the committee decided to include the changes and amendments into a substitute which will appear again for vote. “We just wanted to get the bill as clean as possible before presenting it on the floor,” said Love.
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Alabama Governor Bentley wants no earmarks for tax collections to boost General Fund

December 21, 2011

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama’s long history of locking in most of its tax collections for specific uses would make it hard to shift some money now reserved for education to the state’s General Fund, Gov. Robert Bentley said.

Several times the governor has said he might ask lawmakers to shift some money reserved for the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund, but he hasn’t decided whether to do it.
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