Governor Talks Politics After Trip To Washington


By Alabama News Network

Governor Robert Bentley is back in Montgomery after his trip to Washington for a National Governor's Association meeting.

He's taking time to sit down with us for an exclusive one-on-one interview.
The governor had a lot of time to sit down with President Obama. While the two disagree on many things, including the Affordable Care Act, they have found some common ground. 
"Well you know the first governor that the president bragged on, fortunately or unfortunately was me. He did talk about pre-k programs. And this is not a partisan issue. I'm a very strong proponent of voluntary pre-k. I believe that you have to have a foundation for your children," said Governor Bentley. 
Alabama is a very red state. The whole state government full of republicans here. Do you think that we get fair treatment from president obama and the national government, the federal government?
"Do I think that they look at us differently? If I were more cooperative on certain things like expansion of medicaid, would I be able to negotiate certain things and get certain priveleges? Possibly. They don't really seem to be vindictive though. When it comes to natural disasters and things like this, I've had a good working relationship with FEMA."
Something else he's been pushing is minimum wage, raising that to I think $10.10.
"You know, raising the minimum wage, does that actually help things? I really don't know. We don't really have a lot of minimum wage workers. There are very few people that work at a minimum wage.You have to realize that if you raise the minimum wage there are going to be less people hired and also that's going to be passed on to the consumer. Someone has to pay for everything. There's nothing free out there."

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