Ala. Senate delays school budget until next week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Plans to address the education budget Thursday in the state Senate have been postponed.

Senate
Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills says the
budget work is being delayed until next week because of disagreements
over a pay raise for K-12 employees and other issues.

Senate
budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman of Daphne favors a 1 percent
raise with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus. The House approved a 2
percent raise. Pittman says he may come around to the House's view if he
sees the raise is sustainable in future years.

He says another
issue is how much money to pay back to a state trust fund that provided
money in previous years to prevent cuts in school spending.

The state General Fund budget is also unresolved.