A Baldwin County senator now says a proposal to cut $10 million dollars from Alabama State University's Operating Budget will be restored. Tripp Pittman, who chairs a Senate Budget committee, tells Al.com, that he will work with the chairman of an Alabama House committee to add the $10 million back to ASU's appropriation.
The Alabama Senate has approved an education budget that would fund a one-time bonus of one percent for public school employees and add 250 teachers in middle schools. Governor Robert Bentley has recommended a 2 percent cost of living raise for teachers, but budget committee chairman Senator Trip Pittman says that's not affordable. The governor also disagreed with the 10 million dollar cut to Alabama State University's funding. Alabama State University President Dr.
The Alabama State Senate has approved an education budget. The budget cuts funding for Alabama State University by more than $10 million dollars. The budget will now go to the Alabama House of Representatives.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to speak to students and educators during a Higher Education Day rally at the state Capitol. Officials say the rally is organized by the Higher Education Partnership, which is an advocacy group for supporters of public universities. Officials from Bentley's office say lawmakers, students leaders and faculty are also expected to speak during the event.
A state Senate committee has approved an education budget that replaces Governor Robert Bentley's recommended 2 percent pay raise for school employees with a one-time bonus of 1 percent. Mobile Senator Vivian Figures accused her colleagues of ignoring the needs of public school workers. The Senate committee also voted Wednesday to cut the budget of Alabama State University by $10 million dollars and then give Bentley the authority to restore if he wants. Bentley said he had nothing to do with the ASU cut and doesn't think money should be used for leverage.
Another dose of winter weather converges on the state today. Temperatures will free-fall into the 20s overnight in Montgomery. Matt Anderson with the National Weather Service office in Birmingham says late season freezes can be especially damaging. Anderson says warmer temperatures will return by the weekend.
A bill aimed at keeping minors from getting an abortion without parental consent was approved Tuesday by the Alabama House Health Committee. The bill's sponsor, Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia, said his goal is to ensure the bill is safe from future legal challenges. Representative Joe Hubbard of Montgomery said the bill doesn't address all of his concerns but he hopes to resolve them once the bill is presented to the full House. This piece of legislation is one of four abortion bills approved by the House Committee Tuesday to strengthen abortion regulations.
Three candidates seeking to become Alabama's next governor are all running pro-lottery campaigns. Democrats Parker Griffith and Kevin Bass and Republican Stacy George all believe a state lottery system could support college scholarships and other programs in the state. Dr. Birdie Larkin, professor of Political Science at Alabama State University, said educational funding will resonate with parents. The primary election in Alabama is set for Tuesday, June 3rd.
A two-vehicle crash Friday night claimed the life of a Selma man and injured four others. Troopers report that 22-year-old Kirkpatrick Tate was killed when the car he was driving collided with an SUV on U.S.
Alabama legislators are discussing whether to remove the state sales tax on groceries again. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would phase out the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries. It would increase the tax on other purchases to 5 percent to make up the lost revenue. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen.