Montgomery, Alabama – The Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Thompson, says the school system is bracing for the possibility of deeper cuts in the amount of state funds it receives.
Writing in her blog on the Montgomery Public Schools website, Dr. Thompson states that the system is beginning the school year with a budget that is almost $8 MILLION below state funding from the final prorated amount of 2009.
Dr.Thompson says there is "a real possibility" there could be a 6 percent proration announced as the new fiscal year begins in October.
TYLER, Ala. – (AP) - More than 100 people have launched an initiative aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the Black Belt's economy by promoting the region's extensive outdoor recreational resources. Alabama Black Belt Adventures was launched Wednesday at the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge in Tyler. State Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley said educating people about what the area has to offer will attract visitors and businesses. The initiative's Web, www.alabamablackbeltadventures.com,
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Members of a panel of legislators who supervise administrative activities in the Alabama House say they should have been notified when two pounds of marijuana were found in a Statehouse office in December, 2006. The panel known as the House Council agreed that in the future House Clerk Greg Pappas should notify the chairman of the council about such incidents. House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton of Birmingham is the current council chairman. House Speaker Seth Hammett said the incident shows that House
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Committees in the Alabama Senate and House have approved versions of a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to state workers for an additional 20 weeks. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee and the House Commerce Committee approved versions of the bill that would use federal stimulus money to continue to pay benefits to unemployed workers after the initial 59 weeks of unemployment insurance has expired. The Senate sponsor, Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate gives final approval to a bill that will allow Jefferson County officials to levy a .45 percent occupational tax.
The measure will take effect as soon as Gov. Bob Riley signs it into law.
The bill would immediately allow the Jefferson County Commission, until Jan. 1,2010, to collect the county's current occupational tax of 0.5 percent of the salaries of many people who work in the county.
Doctors, lawyers and others who pay license fees to the county or state will be exempt from paying the tax until next year.
ANNISTON, Ala. – (AP) - Employees of Anniston Sportswear Corp. say the plant has closed, leaving 200 workers without a job. The factory makes men's pants and was once one of the city's largest businesses. The Anniston Star reports employees told the newspaper that the bankrupt parent company's new owners took the remaining pants from the factory over the weekend and closed the plant with no notice. On Friday, the company closed a deal with London-based Emerisque