MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- After clashing with legislators over the issue of a teacher pay raise, Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the education budget for the next fiscal year without making any changes, which he said state lawmakers' actions prevented him from doing.
Bentley had sought a two-percent pay increase for K-12 education employees in Alabama, but the Alabama Legislature instead approved a budget that puts more money into the employees' health insurance costs.
Bentley upset some Republican legislators when he made a final push for the raise on the last night of the legislative session. Legislative leaders accused him of breaking an agreement.
"I've signed the ETF Budget.Legislature's actions prevented me from amending it w/a teacher raise.So a Special Session may be called mid year"
"We'll keep looking at revenues. A 2% raise & a Special Session is not off the table.But the Legis attitude today wouldn't make this possible"