Teacher raises and pre-k funding priorities for Governor

Payincreases for teachers and funding for pre-kindergarten programs will be someof Governor Robert Bentley's highest priorities during the next legislativesession.{} Governor Bentley would likeraises for teachers to be included in the 2015 budget.

Inaddition to teacher raises and pre-k funding, Bentley also wants to expandworkforce training initiatives and draft legislation to lend flexibility tostate officials looking to offer incentives to businesses that are alreadyoperating in Alabama.{}

As it stands rightnow state officials can give tax incentives and other deals to companieslooking to begin doing business in the state, but can't give any benefits toexisting businesses or those looking to relocate.