Budgets priority for Alabama lawmakers

The Alabama Legislature enters the final three days of the 2013
legislative session with the main priority being passage of the
education and General Fund budgets.

Passage of the two budgets are
the only tasks lawmakers are constitutionally required to complete
before the end of the regular session, expected to be May 20.

Finance Chairman Rep. Trip Pittman says he plans to bring up the
education budget on Tuesday. The Daphne Republican says the main areas
of disagreement are the size of a pay raise for educators and how much
money to set aside to repay money the state has borrowed from a state
savings account.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the session has
been successful and most items on the Republican leadership priority
list have passed.

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