Riley-Sanders Debate

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Two of the state's most powerful politicians, Gov. Bob Riley and Selma Senator Hank Sanders, traded verbal jabs today during an appearance on a Montgomery (WSFA) television station's morning show. Both claim their proposals best suit the needs of students and teachers across the state.

Riley said the education budget as its written is fiscally irresponsible and he plans to veto the measure. But Sanders urged the governor to reconsider, saying teachers deserve a six percent pay raise. Riley says the state cannot afford the pay hike and it could force cutbacks, even proration in future years.

Sanders says if Riley reject the budget, he's confident there's enough votes in the Senate and House to override the veto.