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State and Nation

April 11, 2014

Bentley to say if he will sign education budget

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After clashing with legislators over the issue of a teacher pay raise, Gov. Robert Bentley is ready to say if will sign the education budget for the next fiscal year.

If Bentley vetoes the spending plan, he would have to call legislators back to Montgomery to pass a new budget. The governor will announce his decision 9 a.m. Friday.

The Republican governor had sought a 2 percent pay increase for K-12 education employees. The GOP-controlled Alabama Legislature instead approved a budget that puts more money into the employees' health insurance costs but does not include a raise.

Bentley upset some Republican legislators when he made a final push for the raise on the last night of the legislative session. Legislative leaders accused him of breaking an agreement.

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