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Arise Daily News Digest 5-19-2013
AL.COM - Bentley urges city officials to call lawmakers to support delay of private school tax credits.
AL.COM - Manic Monday: Legislators return for busy final day of legislative session.
AL.COM - One in five US children are coping with mental health problems.
AL.COM - Westboro Baptist Church pickets UA; counter protestors, bikers unite in droves.
AL.COM - Two-year college system to expand entrepreneurship training and support programs.
AL.COM - Sequestration cuts may hinder hurricane preparation, relief efforts.
HUFFINGTON POST - Alabama Immigration Law Asks Doctors For Their Papers
SALON - The conservative case for raising the minimum wage.
DECATUR DAILY – The Decatur Daily: Bentley fix stops awful school law.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Last day: So many bills, so little time.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY – Mary Sell’s Capital Notebook: Acceptance of raise splits state lawmakers.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily: School credits.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY – Editor Scott Morris: Goat Hill return with cheap labor.
GADSDEN TIMES - Wind farm neighbors voice concerns.
ANNISTON STAR - Final exam: On last day of session, school tax credit act still hotly debated.
ANNISTON STAR - ‘Most successful session': Anniston’s Marsh sees 2013 in ‘win’ column.
ANNISTON STAR - Disappointed: Democrat Barbara Boyd looks back on state legislative session.
ANNISTON STAR – Editor Bob Davis: Presidents and wise men.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist osh Moon's Just Saying: Bentley changes like the wind.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Officials scattered, steaming over Accountability Act.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Marsh should support Bentley's Accountability Act amendment.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Kennedy tries new strategy for Ala. Democrats.
WASHINGTON POST - NRA tactics: Take no prisoners.
WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Jeffrey Nugent: Jeffrey Nugent says his broth Ted Nugent is wrong on background checks.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: IRS shake up better be thorough.
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Ross Douthat: All the Lonely People
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: Climate Warnings, Growing Louder
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: The Immigration Bill Presses On
LOS ANGELES TIMES - HUD to shut down offices as a result of sequester.
Arise legislative update: Legislature OKs historic preservation credits; House approves bill to restore tax break for disabled Alabamians
A bill to create state income tax credits for preserving historic buildings in Alabama went to Gov. Robert Bentley after legislators passed it Thursday. The House also voted for a bill that would restore a full homestead exemption for all disabled Alabamians, regardless of their incomes. This legislative update highlights those issues and others that still remain as the Legislature approaches the final day of the 2013 regular session.
Arise legislative update: Courts warn of job cuts as Alabama Legislature approves tight General Fund budget propped up with one-time money
About 150 court employees could be laid off next year under a General Fund budget that sailed through the Alabama Legislature on Thursday. The $1.75 billion budget, which would provide flat funding for Medicaid and mental health services, would rely on nearly $200 million of one-time money. This legislative update highlights the budget's key provisions and implications.
Arise legislative update: Legislature passes Accountability Act changes to increase corporation donation value, revise 'failing school' definition
Alabama lawmakers gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that would redefine "failing schools" and boost the tax savings for corporations that donate to scholarship funds under the Alabama Accountability Act. The changes to the law, which will subsidize private school tuition for some K-12 students, cleared the House and Senate in hours after supporters quickly shut down debate. This legislative update highlights the bill's numerous provisions and the tenor of the brief debate over it.
Arise legislative update: Governor to decide on education budget with 2% teacher raise, money to help subsidize private school tuition
An Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that would give K-12 teachers and support staff a 2 percent pay increase next year will go to Gov. Robert Bentley after the House approved it 70-26 Thursday. The budget would boost funding for pre-K and Advanced Placement courses but slash support for the Alabama Reading Initiative. It also would set aside $40 million for tax credits that could subsidize private school tuition for some K-12 students. This legislative update highlights the provisions of next year's ETF budget.
Arise legislative update: Alabama Senate OKs education budget with 2% teacher raise
K-12 teachers and support staff would receive a 2 percent pay raise next year under an Education Trust Fund budget that the Alabama Senate passed Tuesday night. The $5.77 billion budget would boost support for pre-K and Advanced Placement courses but cut funding for the Alabama Reading Initiative. It also would set aside up to $40 million for tax credits that could subsidize private school tuition for some students. This legislative update highlights the budget's provisions and recaps the Senate debate over it.