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Arise Daily News Digest 5-25-2013
AL.COM - Auburn University gets $1 million from Legislature to expand cyber security operations.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley: No plans to endorse a candidate in 1st District race.
AL.COM - In Birmingham metro area, 18 percent of same-sex couples are raising children, study finds.
AL.COM - Air China orders 100 Airbus A320 aircraft valued at $8.8 billion.
AL.COM - Only 1 Alabama metro is showing widespread mortgage problems.
AL.COM - First District congressional race: who's in, who's out.
AL.COM – Contributor Clete Wetli: Can Alabama really afford more Bentley?
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - State Think Tank Promotes Nonprofit Investigative Journalism
NEW YORK TIMES - Alabama: Race Begins for House Seat Being Vacated This Summer
AL.COM - Report says new law cutting down on purchases of meth ingredients.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Chief Justice: Pre-K money should go to courts.
AL.COM - Poll shows most think healthcare situation will get worse under ObamaCare.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Bentley signs bond issues, campaign bill.
WASHINGTON POST - ‘Four little girls’ killed in 1963 church bombing honored with Congressional Gold Medal.
WASHINGTON POST - Female lawmakers leading push to crack down on military sex crimes.
WASHINGTON POST - How the IRS scandal helped immigration reform.
NEW YORK TIMES - States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Some of the Poorest
SALON - Report: Nearly a quarter of all Americans struggle to afford food.
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.