Ala. Education Budget Goes to Full Senate

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The proposed pay raise for Alabama's K-12 school employees keeps dropping the longer the Legislature stays in session.

Gov. Robert Bentley proposed a 2.5 percent raise when the session started in February. Then the House reduced it to 2 percent. The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee cut it Wednesday to an absolute raise of 1 percent with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus if extra state tax revenue becomes available.

Committee Chairman Trip Pittman says he wants a sustainable raise that won't wreck the budget. A spokeswoman for the Alabama Education Association called it disappointing.

Funding for the pay raise is contained in a nearly $5.8 billion education budget the committee approved Wednesday. The budget and the pay raise now go to the Senate for consideration.

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