Budget

Senate Approves Budget with Prison Funding Boost

The Alabama Senate has approved a state general fund budget that gives additional money to the state prison system to try to comply with a court order to overhaul mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the budget on Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The proposed spending plan would send an additional $51…

What’s Next For Montgomery Public Schools’ Budget?

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding what budget cuts, and downsizing could mean for Montgomery Public Schools. Officials say the system is facing 5 million dollars in cuts under the new budget. Members of the school board met with interim state  superintendent, Ed Richardson Monday to discuss some of the tough decisions to come, including the estimated 80…

Update: Senate Passes General Fund Budget

State senators have approved an Alabama general fund budget after a debate where tempers flared multiple times. The budget passed Thursday, 23-4. Sen. Rodger Smitherman sharply criticized one senator’s unsuccessful proposal to take $600,000 from Birmingham tourism projects. Senators also rejected an amendment that would have cut state agencies’ funding by 3.4 percent to in order to boost highway spending…

ASU Holds “Lunch And Learn” Financial Seminar For Students

One of the best ways to attract a crowd of college students is with free food. Today, Alabama State used the lure of free food to get college and high school students hooked on their financial futures. The student government association at Alabama State, wants students to really dig in to financial literacy. “I saw an interesting curiosity with our…

Senior Alliance Calls for a State Lottery in Alabama

Next week, lawmakers will return to Montgomery to begin a special session called to debate the creation of a state lottery.  When they do,  there’s one group of Alabama voters hoping that a lottery becomes reality. Today, representatives of the American Senior Alliance held a press conference in Montgomery to show their support for the creation of a state lottery….

Teachers in Need of Supplies Ahead of School Year

Summer is almost over and school is right around the corner for teachers and students. The first day for students to come back to school in Butler County is August 11th, but teachers have to come back to the classroom almost a week earlier on August 5th. It’s not so bad for the teachers though, because they’ve been preparing all…

Governor Proposes Larger Budgets Than Last Year

Alabama’s general fund has suffered serious cuts over the last year, with lawmakers needing special sessions to make it work in 2015. This year the governor wants to add about 80 million dollars to the general fund, paid for partially by the education budget. “The governor’s budget proposal for the general fund for FY 17 includes un-earmarking 181 million dollars…

Bentley Proposes Mix of Budget Cuts, Education Funding Shift

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing a mix of budget cuts and a shift of education funds to address a shortfall in the state’s general fund. Acting Finance Director Bill Newton on Wednesday briefed reporters on the governor’s budget plan. The governor is seeking to shift $181 million in use tax funds from the education budget to the general fund….