Senate passes $2 billion General Fund but skips over employee pay raises for now

February 21, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Senators approved a $2 billion General Fund Budget, the largest in about a decade, but delayed voting Tuesday on the 3 percent pay raise for state employees Gov. Kay Ivey proposed earlier this year.

The Senate voted 26 to 2 to pass the budget that will fund all of Alabama’s non-education agencies, fulfilling one of the chamber’s only constitutional requirements weeks before the scheduled end of the session.

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Ethics Commission could pull back veil on BCA conference donations

February 7, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission will vote on an opinion Wednesday morning that will change the way multiple-sponsor events report gifts to lawmakers and state employees, a ruling that would close a loophole in Alabama’s ethics laws that has benefited the Business Council of Alabama.

For years now, the BCA has held an annual summer retreat at Point Clear, at which lawmakers are wined and dined and provided free rooms for themselves and their spouses. To cover the costs, the BCA solicits donations from a number of sponsors.

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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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Independence Day, 241 years ago

July 4, 2017


By Jim Zeigler,Alabama State Auditor, and Pat Boone, Entertainer


Many of us Alabamians are enjoying a long Independence Day holiday. For State employees and others who are off work Monday, it is a four-day weekend.


My family, like many of yours, will enjoy barbecue, the lake (or beach), fireworks, and the gathering of family and friends.


241 years ago at the first Independence Day (though it was not called that), it was a different scene altogether.
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Hypocrisy, injustice from the Alabama Legislature

March 22, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

State Legislatures and the US Congress typically have the lowest approval ratings of any government branch or agency, and last week the Alabama Legislature showed exactly why that is.

The same State Legislators who made their own pay raises part of the State Constitution, and are subsequently receiving more than a $2,000 pay raise this year for their part-time job, have decided our it isn’t a question of money. The budget passed by the House of Representatives is holding back $97 million “for future needs and uncertainties,” while the cost of a four percent pay increase would only be one-fifth of that (about $19 million).
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No State employees raise in House General Fund Budget

March 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is no raise, but the rest is about what you’d expect.

The 2018 General Fund budget dropped Wednesday, as the House Ways and Means committee briefly debated and then passed it along to the full House for consideration.

That budget contained few surprises, and it deviated only slightly from a proposed budget Gov. Robert Bentley sent the Legislature in February.

There were three notable differences: Bentley’s 4-percent raise for State employees was gone, there was less money for Medicaid and there was nearly $100 million left over.
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A Failure of Leadership

December 17, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Department of Finance has been in full spin-mode since it was revealed that their $47 million dollar “failure-to-pay” STAARS software system is a disaster.

Director Bill Newton and his assistant Rex McDowell, who tried to hide the debacle by closing Open Alabama Checkbook, are culpable for the failure, which has caused State vendors, and State workers to suffer, due to their incompetence.
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House Ways and Means Committee Moves to Cancel Teacher Pay Raise

March 18, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 12 the House Way and Means for Education Committee approved an education budget without the 2% pay raise that Governor Robert Bentley had included in his budget request, which has been rejected by the Senate and now by the House Ways and Means Committee.

The teachers had been asking for a 5% pay raise.  The Governor has threatened to veto the education budget if the legislature sends him an education budget without the requested pay raise.  Governor Bentley said, “The Education Budget I presented is good and balanced. I’m asking the Legislature to pass my 2% pay raise for teachers and support personnel, and fully fund PEEHIP to the level requested by the PEEHIP board.  If the Legislature doesn’t include that in the ETF, I will send that budget back with an Executive Amendment.  Our teachers work hard and deserve this pay raise.”
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Bentley Threatens to Veto Education Budget

March 7, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) publicly announced that if the legislature passes an Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that does not raise the pay of Alabama teachers then he will veto that budget.

Governor Bentley said, “The Education Budget I presented is good and balanced. I’m asking the Legislature to pass my 2% pay raise for teachers and support personnel, and fully fund PEEHIP to the level requested by the PEEHIP board.”
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