Riley is promoting his $550 million school construction proposal, due to an expansion of the state economy; economists predict a surplus in the overall budget. The governor says now is the time to put children first in Alabama by building new schools and classrooms.
He also is promoting his plan to cut the state income tax. Riley's plan would raise exemptions and deductions to provide a tax cut for all taxpayers, regardless of income.
It would cost $233 million when fully implemented in five years.
Riley says the legislature won't pass a tax plan that picks winners and losers.
A legislative committee has not yet set a date to consider Riley's proposal.