Ala. budget chairman says teacher raise unlikely

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
The chairman of a Senate education budget committee says a raise for
school employees appears unlikely in the fiscal year that begins next
October.

Chairman Trip Pittman said Tuesday repaying the education
budget's debt to the state Rainy Day Fund is a priority for fiscal 2015
because it's required by state law.

Pittman says debt and other
obligations, including increased health insurance costs, will likely use
up extra money in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Pittman and House
budget committee Chairman Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa held a news
conference Tuesday to discuss their commitment to repaying the Rainy Day
Fund on time. But Poole said it's too early to rule out any expenditure
for fiscal 2015.

Teachers got a 2 percent raise in the fiscal 2014 budget that took effect Tuesday.

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