Senate Education Committee approves bill that gives retired educators a bonus

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee approved Senate Bill 21, which would give retired educators a one-time bonus check. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville.

Dial said that we should show appreciation and gratitude to the people that have educated us. We have been unable to provide them with a cost of living adjustment for some time now. We need to show that the legislature appreciates their service.

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“Just the Facts Ma’am” More On eSTART

July 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—After reporting on the troubled eSTART time and attendance system, the Alabama Political Reporter received an email from a Director at the Department of Finance saying, “eSTART is the best thing to happen to state government in years. Ziegler is clueless and needs to fire his staff if they think eSTART will decrease efficiencies and increase workloads. I was able to downsize staff after the implementation and eSTART is paperless, which is another bonus. All state agencies will be on eSTART by the end of the year…I wish you would obtain all the facts before publishing.”
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Education Budget Comes Out of Senate Committee

April 13, 2016

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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