Senate Passes Education Budget

April 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 13, the Alabama Senate passed a $6.3 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).

Next year’s education budget includes: strategic increases for community colleges, student assessments, and scholarships for veterans. It also funds a four percent pay increase for teachers, support staff, principals, and most education employees. Education workers making over $75,000 per year who are not principals and assistant principals get just a two percent raise.
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Orr Bill Would Give Tax Credits to Businesses that Hire Apprentices

February 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 10, the Alabama Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 90, which is sponsored by Committee Chairman Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

This bill would provide an income tax credit of $1,000 to an employer, for each qualified apprentice of an employer, and would also cap the cumulative tax credits allowed at $3,000,000 for the first two tax years following the passage of the bill, and $5,000,000 for each tax year thereafter. This bill would also require the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Commerce to provide an annual report to certain legislative committees, regarding the effectiveness of the program.
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