Education “Deal” Either Miscommunication Or Flip-Flop

Education “Deal” Either Miscommunication Or Flip-Flop

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama - In politics Deal making is built into the DNA of lawmaking the question on the budget is did the Governor really did make an agreement with the legislature on teacher pay raises.  Ask the Republican leadership and they'll emphatically tell you they had a deal with the governor to sign the budget and take teacher pay raises out of the equation.  The Governor says he only agreed on fully funding employee health insurance plans.

“[Bentley] told us he was going to push for the 2-percent raise after we had the agreement a week and a half prior which is disappointing,” says Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.  From the outset Republicans have said they can't afford both insurance and raises.

“Can we do the most to help our active and retired teachers, with PEEHIP will help our active and retirees,” says State Representative Bill Poole.  To have a budget deal that doesn't talk about teacher pay raises doesn't seem like much of a deal, that’s why Republicans insist taking teacher pay raises out of the budget were part of the deal.  A veto raises the possibility of a special session.

“The taxpayers should be upset if a special session is called we should be able to do what we are called here to do in the regular session,” says State Representative Merika Coleman-Evans.  The breakdown with Republicans is either a failure to communicate or the Governor changed his mind.  Bentley insists he never changed his mind on the raise. 

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