Pittman denies wiggleroom, moves education budget along

The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee gave a favorable report to a 2016 education budget that most members saw for the first time at today’s meeting.

Several lawmakers expressed concerns about moving the budget on to the full Senate without having fully looked  it over and conferred with their constituents.

Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, who serves as committee chairman, said the budget “isn’t perfect,” but that there’s not much wiggle room. He asked them to move the budget so Senate can move on to working on the General Fund budget, which has a $700 million shortfall.

“The numbers aren’t going to get any better,” he said. Pittman didn’t allow lawmakers to make amendments to the budget.

Wanting more funding for Troy University in the budget, Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, became angry with Pittman during the morning meeting, saying the chairman drafted the budget in a vacuum.

Pittman said there’s no money in the budget to increase funding for Troy.

No debris removal contracts were included in this legislation.

via Alabama Senate committee approves education budget; funds 70 new teachers | AL.com.