Narrow vote passes state budget without teacher pay hike
slideshow MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly passed a $5.93 billion education budget with no provision for a teacher pay raise Tuesday.
The 51-47 vote was an uncommonly close call for the heavily-Republican House, with GOP lawmakers split over Gov. Robert Bentley's request to give teachers a 2 percent pay raise. Three of Calhoun County's five lawmakers voted against the no-raises budget.
"The governor's budget was different from this budget, and I would have liked to have seen more explanation of why," said Rep. Steve Hurst, R- Munford, who voted against... read more