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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Governor Ivey Points to Consistent Pay Raises for Teachers 

Last week, Governor Ivey touted her support of Alabama’s hard-working teachers pointing to the 2-percent pay raise included in the budget she signed and noting that when added to pay raises she’s supported in previous years, the  increase in pay for teachers during her time as governor totals 15 percent. Read her

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Coach Saban Leads SEC Group on D.C. Lobbying Visit 

University of Alabama’s Coach Nick Saban is tackling the issue of collegiate athletes being paid for usage of their “name, image and likeness” in endorsements. He’ll be leading a group of other SEC coaches, athletic directors and others on a trip to Washington D.C. where they’ll ask Congress for assistance in

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Legislature Approves Higher Ed Loan Program

The Alabama Legislature passed The Distressed Institutions of Higher Education Revolving Loan Program Fund last week, which could rescue Birmingham-Southern College and other financially strained colleges in the state. The bill to provide temporary aid now awaits Gov.Ivey’s signature. According to the bill, to qualify for a loan, an institution –

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

After midnight last Thursday (so technically on Friday), The Alabama Legislature passed both the General Fund Budget and the Education Fund Budget, getting two of its most important jobs done as the 2023 regular session nears its end. Tax legislation also was also on the agenda last week, with a tax rebate

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@toddcstacyMay 25So they could be done June 8 or 9 instead of having to come back the week of the 12th. #alpolitics

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

On Tuesday (24th day of regular session):  On Wednesday (25th day and a committee day): On Thursday (26th day of of regular session): On Friday (27th day of of regular session):

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Alabama Lawmakers Change Tax Rebate Again

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval to a tax rebate for Alabama taxpayers, passing a bill to provide $150 for individuals and $300 for couples filing jointly. Governor Ivey proposed a rebate of $400 for individuals and $900 for couples during her State of the State address in March. The Senate

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Both AL Budgets Passed by Legislature

The debate over the particulars of Alabama’s two state budgets, the General Fund Budget and the Education Trust Fund Budget, continued through Thursday night and into early Friday morning. The $11.5 billion in education spending is the largest amount in state history, and it includes a $2.8 billion supplemental appropriation. The

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Grocery Tax Cut Moves Ahead

A bill to cut Alabama’s sales tax on food moved closer to becoming law, winning approval in the Alabama House last week. The measure would cut the 4% tax to 3% on September 1 of this year. On September 1, 2025, the tax would drop to 2%. When fully implemented,

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: VT MAE Adding 200 Workers At Mobile Facility

VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc. plans to add 200 jobs as it equips its Mobile facility to convert and modify Airbus A320 family passenger jets as cargo aircraft, providing another boost to the region’s aerospace/aviation sector. VT MAE, located in the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley industrial complex, provides commercial aircraft

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