Lawmakers eye 2.5–3 percent raise for state educators, employees

January 15, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

With high revenues and confidence in the budgets this year, state lawmakers are hoping for what could be as high as a 2.5–3 percent pay raise for K-12 educators and state employees.

Gov. Kay Ivey proposed the pay increase in her first State of the State Address last week but the Governor and other officials have been vague on how large the pay increase could be. State employees haven’t received a cost-of-living pay raise since 2009 and educators haven’t seen one in two years.

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Senate Republicans float income tax break in “Fighting for Alabama” agenda

January 12, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Ahead of what is expected to be a quiet and relatively non-controversial Legislative Session, Senate Republicans released a four-pronged agenda highlighting priorities that include an income tax break and a push for broadband in rural communities.

Republican senators announced the agenda — notably less partisan and low key than previous years — before heading into the second day of this year’s session on Tuesday.

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