The Wait is on in Alabama for Federal Stimulus Dollars

Montgomery, Alabama –
Alabama officials speculate the state will receive about $3 billion dollars from the $787 billion dollar economic stimulus bill.

Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert says the portion set aside for education should help keep about 3,700 Alabama teachers and 4,000 support personnel from losing their jobs.

State Senator Hank Sanders, who chairs the Senate Education and Budget Committee, says while the funds will help, he is not sure if the portion for education will stem layoffs.

Sanders says even with the money from the stimulus package Alabama faces education cuts of about $400 million dollars instead of the $700 million dollars that had been projected.