Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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Walt Maddox: The picture Ivey painted of the state was fiction

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first state of the state address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature.  Ivey presented an optimistic, forward-thinking picture of Alabama with improving budgets, record levels of employment, pay raises for state employees, more teachers, and reforms to make the state competitive moving forward.  On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for Governor Walter “Walt” Maddox said that, “The picture she painted of our state was fiction.”

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Governor pushes state employee pay raises, investment in education in first State of the State

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A year ago, former Gov. Robert Bentley delivered his last State of the State address, setting goals for a Legislative Session that not only would see many of his priorities fall short but encompass the end his political career.

Last night, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her first — an annual address that set broad and wide-ranging priorities for a state government returning to Montgomery fatigued from scandal and ready for a fresh start.

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Montgomery Republicans are Blind to the Problems Facing Alabama

April 19, 2016

By Rep. Darrio Melton

Each year when the Legislature starts discussing the budget, the first items on the chopping block are always social services for our neediest neighbors.  While legislators have turned a blind eye to $60,000 pay raises for staff and trips to Vegas in the state airplane, they’ve been quick to set their sights on these programs that they consider “wasteful spending.”

It’s no secret that our budget is in trouble–but we absolutely must balance it wisely. When we look at these programs, it’s important not to forget how heavily they’re subsidized by federal dollars. For every dollar spent on Medicaid in Alabama, 30 cents comes from the state government.  That’s the equivalent of getting Medicaid on sale at 70 percent off.
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Furor Erupts in Montgomery over Massive Pay Raises for Bentley’s Staff and Cabinet

March 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 15, the Alabama House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2017 State General Fund Budget. Along with the budget is a House amendment that would take money from the Governor’s office and redirect it to the enormously costly State Medicaid Agency after it was reported that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley had written massive raises for members of his cabinet and his staff.
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Senator Orr Sees Teacher’s Pay Raises As Priority

January 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a recent interview with Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the new Chairman of the Education Trust Fund, he told the Alabama Political Reporter that one of his top priorities for the 2016 Legislation Session is a pay increase for teachers:

“If the unpublished or unofficial projections bear out, and stay in the ranges that they are today, I would say, yes, [to a raise],” said Orr.  “To what level or what amount, that would depend on the projections.”
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