House passes education budget

February 14, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the largest education trust budget in over 10 years unanimously on Tuesday.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey praised the House for its passage of the education budget and pay raises for education employees.

“Today, the House of Representatives passed an education budget similar to the one I proposed in January that represents the largest investment in education in a decade,” Ivey said. “This budget gives teachers a much-deserved pay raise, provides additional funding for our proven First-Class Pre-K program and funds the efforts of my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiatives. I commend Representative Bill Poole and the House leadership for their tireless efforts to send a very admirable education budget to the Senate.”

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Education Trust Fund Budget to be voted on in Committee today

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee held a public hearing on the Education Trust Fund fiscal year 2019 budget.

Committee Chairman Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said this is a very good budget. Education employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase across the board.

The trust fund budget will be roughly $6.7 billion in 2019. The committee will provide reporters with spreadsheets Wednesday morning.

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Bill Poole Named Legislator of the Year by Alabama Association of Conservation Districts

June 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) was named the Alabama House Legislative Leader of the Year by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) at a recent award ceremony in Poole’s home district.

Rep. Poole was received the recognition for his dedicated service, leadership, and assistance to all citizens for the wise use of Alabama’s natural resources.

Poole is serving in his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives representing District 63, which covers a portion of Tuscaloosa County.
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Jockeying for Speaker

June 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Before Mike Hubbard’s political body was even cold, Business Council of Alabama (BCA) Chairman Billy Canary and former Gov. Bob Riley were jockeying to place their “next guy” in the Speaker’s chair.

Reps. Mac McCutcheon, Mike Jones, Victor Gaston, Bill Poole, Lynn Greer, Phil Williams and David Standridge are the names most often mentioned. With the exception of Poole, all these men are contemplating a run for the spot previously held by Mike Hubbard.
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Be Part of the State Budget Solution

September 4, 2015

By Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed & House Education Budget Chairman Bill Poole

Unlike the out-of-control federal government in Washington, DC, Alabama has a constitutional mandate to balance the budgets, which is exactly what the Governor and this Legislature intend to do. That means legislators have to work hard every year to guarantee that expenditures do not exceed revenues, just like you do every month for your own household or business.
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Jay Love’s Replacements Emerge

July 18, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Last week, Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos announced that he plans to run to replace Representative Jay Love (R-Montgomery). Yesterday former Montgomery County School Board Member Charlotte Meadows announced she will enter the special election for district 74.

Polizos currently represents district three in the Montgomery County Commission, a position he has held since 2004.

In a news release, Polizos cited his “reputation for demanding fiscal soundness and pursuing economic growth,” as reasons why he would do well serving in the Legislature.
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Legislative Election Watch

June 24, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Only two weeks into the official 2014 primary season, many candidates have already filed with the new online reporting system through the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  Many of those who have filed are incumbents, with a one newcomer entering the game.

Seven of the 35 incumbent senators have filed with the Secretary of State. No new candidates have filed, however Representative Todd Greeson has filed to run for the Senate.
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Governor Bentley Signs Job Creation Legislation

April 5, 2013

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed legislation aimed at attracting thousands of additional jobs to Alabama.

The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act will help the state recruit more aerospace industry suppliers.  Those suppliers are expected to locate in the region as Airbus builds its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile.  Groundbreaking for the Airbus facility is scheduled for next week.

The legislation signed by Governor Bentley levels the playing field between Alabama and nearby states in the recruitment of supplier companies and the additional jobs they will bring.
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