|By Tim Lockette, The Anniston Star, Ala.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"He'll send it back with an executive amendment," said
That bonus fell short of the 2 percent Bentley requested in his State of the State address earlier this year, citing "the sacrifices our teachers have made."
Members of the
Democrats and the
PEEHIP is expected to come up
"PEEHIP covered birth control only if it was medically necessary," Canary said, citing one example of a coverage change. "Now it's covered with no copay."
"If I get a bonus of
House Ways and Means chairman Rep.
Canary said it was indeed too early to put a dollar amount on a potential PEEHIP premium hike.
"If there's no more funding from
In his statement Wednesday, Bentley also said he'd return any budget to
The pay raise wasn't the only contentious issue in the education budget.
"If you cut an institution by
The governor has the power to release those appropriations, and some in the
House committee members also expressed misgivings about a clause in the
"I'm very concerned about using our budget for legislation," said Rep.
One core problem in that budget, he said, would be the growth of PEEHIP expenses and the seeming lack of money to pay them.
"The problem is that tax revenue is outstripped by the growth in the cost of healthcare," Poole said.
Capitol & statewide correspondent
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