A state education budget and a six percent pay raise for education employees are one step closer to passage in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Finance and Taxation Committee voted today to approve a pay raise that is higher than the four percent recommended by Governor Riley. The committee also approved a $5.2 billion education budget that includes more money for universities than the governor recommended.
The budget and pay raise now go to the Senate, where they could come up for a vote as early as Thursday. Democratic leaders in the Senate are hoping to pass the budget and pay raise on Thursday. That would prevent the governor from being able to pocket veto either bill.
If the budget and pay raise come up for a vote in the Senate after Thursday, then the governor would be able to pocket veto them and the Legislature couldn't override his veto.