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.”

Read More

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.

Read More

Terri Sewell holds Town Hall in Birmingham

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, spoke to constituents at a town hall meeting at the historic Woodlawn High School in the City of Birmingham.

Sewell said that as a member of Congress she has been willing to work across party lines to benefit the constituents of her district.

Sewell said “I would be rather at the table begging and scraping for what I can get for my people than banging on the door trying to be let in.”

Read More

Alabama leaders react to government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government moving forward.

While both parties agree that the government should continue to be funded, the two parties are divided on the issue of immigration. Democrats want the children brought by their parents who crossed the border illegally given legal status and a pathway to American citizenship.

When Congress did not pass the DREAM Act in 2012, President Barack Obama gave the children of immigrants who crossed the border illegally deferred action on immigration enforcement, or DACA, via an executive order. President Donald Trump is letting that program expire in March.

Read More

Finance Director: “We are really excited about this budget”

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Alabama Finance Director Clinton Carter met with journalists at the Capitol to discuss the state’s budgets.  Carter briefed the press on Gov. Kay Ivey’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budget proposals.

Carter said, “We are really excited about this budget.”  Carter said that state revenues, “Are historically great by all measures.”  “The economy really is booming.”  Carter said that state income tax revenues and sales tax revenues, which are earmarked for the education trust fund (ETF), are at all-time highs.  The revenues funding the general fund, primarily insurance premium taxes,

Read More

Perspective | The Top Ten Issues Facing the Legislature

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 Alabama Regular Legislative Session begins in just 11 days on Jan. 9, 2018, and this is an election year so formal major party qualifying begins on the same day.  The elections mean that the session begins earlier than normal and will likely end even sooner so that incumbents can get back to their districts to campaign.  There are a lot of issues facing the legislature, however.

Read More

Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

Read More

Knight complains about cuts to Alabama State University

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, issued a letter complaining about what he felt are excessive budget cuts to Montgomery’s Alabama State University.

“Alabama State University has come too far to allow the chairman of the Senate Education Committee to destroy our university. He has proposed ten times more cuts to Alabama State University than all the other universities in the state of Alabama combined,” Rep. Knight wrote.

Read More

House passes Defense Authorization bill

November 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA sets policy and authorizes spending for the entire U.S. military, and the bill must be passed each year.  The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.

Following negotiations between the House and the Senate, this year’s NDAA includes authorization for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile.

Read More

Byrne says final NDAA authorizes three Littoral Combat ships

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA was released today.

“Securing the authorization for three more Littoral Combat Ships is a big win for Southwest Alabama and the thousands of people who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Just as important, it is good news for the U.S. Navy because it means we will have more highly-capable ships added to the fleet,” Congressman Byrne said in a statement.

Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter