Legislature approves $5.8 billion education budget

The Alabama Legislature has approved a nearly $5.8 billion education budget that will fund a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees and give extra money to all levels of education.The House approved the budget 70-26 Thursday afternoon. The budget got approved in the Senate 22-11 on Tuesday and now goes to the governor for his review. The budget provides a 3.6 percent increase in spending after several years of recession-riddled budgets.{}The budget is smaller than the governor recommended when the legislative session started in February because legislative budget committee chairman expect new private school tax credits to reduce revenue by $40 million. Executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, Henry Mabry, says he expects the cost to be much higher.