Alabama Education Budget Fails on Final Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate couldn't agree on an education budget on the final night of the 2008 legislative session.

That means Governor Riley will have to call a special session to reconsider the budget. Riley says he's uncertain when that will occur.

The Senate was sharply divided over how much money to give universities. Senate budget committee Chairman Hank Sanders wanted
to hold the line on spending because he said the budget was already in danger of going into the red. But other senators were pushing for an extra $25 million for universities.

With the Senate tied up on the education budget, little else happened on the Legislature final day. The House did not consider a Senate-passed bill to restrict smoking in many public places and workplaces, and the Senate did not taken up a House-passed proposal to remove the state sales tax on groceries.

The Senate also let die House-passed bills giving a tax break to small businesses that supply health insurance to their employees and making sure the state income tax is not levied on the federal economic stimulus checks being received by Alabama taxpayers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Malcolm Location: Ft Rucker on May 20, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    This is pretty sad for our State goernment not to make a decision. What about money for county schools? The State goernment needs to worry about the education of county students rather than money for Universities. My daughter is graduating from a county school this Friday and it sad to say she told me about 1/4 of the total 12th grade isn't getting a diploma. There is only 45 students in the whole 12th grade. You do the math. How about making the county schools get qualified teachers to teach what the students need to know for the graduation exam. The teachers are not preparing the students for the graduation exam. One teacher didn't go over the subject of the test until the week after the test. I am disappointed in the county school system. Help the students, help the future of Alabama.
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