Bentley Has Until April 13th to Sign Budget

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Robert Bentley won't make a quick decision on whether to sign the state's Education Trust Fund budget or force lawmakers back into a special session over the issue of a raise for education employees.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said Friday that there is no timeframe on when he will make a decision.

Bentley has until April 13 to sign the budget into law or it will die through a pocket veto.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford says a special session would show Bentley was serious. However, veteran Republicans say they doubt Bentley will call them back to Montgomery.

Bentley had pushed for a 2 percent raise for K-12 employees. Republican legislative leaders said the state could not afford both the raise and increased health insurance costs.

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