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1. House passes ETF, General Fund goes to governor
- Alabama lawmakers continued their budget-focused, abbreviated session Thursday, sending the General Fund budget to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk and getting one step closer to final passage of the education budget.
- The House approved the $7.2 billion Education Trust Fund, which is a $91 million increase from the 2020 fiscal year budget, but about $300 million less than the pre-pandemic proposed budget. The education budget and other education funding bills now go to the Senate, where they will be in committee today and could get final passage Saturday.
- House education committee budget chairman Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said conservative appropriations in the past and a reserve fund kept major cuts out of the 2021 budget, despite declines in revenue following the coronavirus pandemic.
- The House also gave final passage to a $1.25 billion bond issue to fund capital improvement projects at K-12 schools and colleges and universities. That legislation now goes to Ivey for her signature.
- The Alabama Literacy Act will receive $18.5 million to fulfill necessary summer school and professional development requirements under the 2019 law that allows students to be held back in the third grade if they’re not reading on grade level.
- The House also passed the General Fund budget with a few changes, and the Senate concurred Thursday afternoon sending the package to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. The governor’s spokeswoman said “all options remain on the table” for her decision on the budgets.
- Full story from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.
2. Ivey cedes control of coronavirus funds, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’
- After private wrangling between the Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey over the authority to spend nearly $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief money, Ivey on Thursday publicly put the responsibility on lawmakers.
- “I have never desired to control a single penny of this money and if the Legislature feels so strongly that they should have that authority, I yield to them both the money and the responsibility to make good decisions – in the light of day where the people of Alabama know what is happening,” Ivey said in a written statement to reporters Thursday afternoon.
- Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in response that he appreciates Ivey “adhering to the Alabama Constitution on how taxpayer dollars are appropriated.”
- His account differed from Ivey’s in that he implied the governor “expected to have sole discretion” over the federal relief funds. Multiple lawmakers told Alabama Daily News that the governor’s office resisted the Legislature’s recent attempts to stake out control of how those dollars will be spent.
- “… it is surprising that anybody expected to have sole discretion on how this money would be spent without public input and oversight,” Marsh said. “We look forward to working with Gov. Ivey and her team as we reopen Alabama for business, put people back to work, and get money from the CARES Act into the hands of those who need it the most.”
- Ivey’s statement, its tone more pointed and passionate than usual, came hours before lawmakers gave final passage to the General Fund budget. How much federal coronavirus relief money Ivey would be allowed to immediately spend has been a moving target in the budget in the last two weeks.
- Ivey put the onus on the Legislature to come up with a spending plan.
- Read more and see the “wish list” itself from Mary Sell, Caroline Beck and me HERE.
- A more detailed account awaits below…
A message from
The Boeing Company
- As Alabama’s largest aerospace employer, Boeing has more than 3,000 employees driving innovation that will carry humans farther and faster in our solar system than ever before possible.
- The Huntsville-based Space Launch System (SLS) team designed the first core stage of the massive rocket for NASA’s Artemis I mission around the Moon. SLS production for Artemis II is already progressing faster than the first stage.
- Alabama’s workforce is at the center of this technology and is now developing a bigger SLS variant.
- The more powerful Exploration Upper Stage will be able to power NASA missions that carry crew and heavy cargo on the SLS deeper into space.
- You can read more about the progress HERE.
3. Inside Alabama Politics
- Behind the Budget Brouhaha;
- The Plan for the End of Session;
- What About Special Sessions?
- Going Forward on Prisons;
- Troy King Can’t Catch A Break;
- BamaJam Contrempts Ongoing.
4. Jarring jobless report
- Nearly 29,000 Alabamians filed initial unemployment claims the week of April 26-May 2, with 19,452 of those claims related to COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Labor said Thursday.
- Claims hit a record high at 106,739 the week ending April 4 and nearly 450,000 claims have been filed since efforts to control the coronavirus began restricting businesses’ operations in mid-March.
- Read more on the state’s unemployment situation from ADN’s Will Whatley HERE.
- This morning we are getting our first glimpse at just how drastically the coronavirus outbreak is impacting unemployment nationwide.
- The U.S. Labor Department reports that the economy shed more than 20.5 million jobs in the month of April. The unemployment rate is now at 14.7%, the highest it has been since the Great Depression.
- Read more about the national jobs report HERE.
5. Ivey: Remembering My Father and the Greatest Generation
- Gov. Kay Ivey contributes an op-ed in today’s Daily News marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
- Of course, VE stands for Victory in Europe, which happened when the allies secured the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945.
- Ivey remembers the service of her father and others who fought in World War II for their great sacrifice.
- Here’s an excerpt:
- Read her full op-ed HERE.
INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – May 8, 2020
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House passes education budget, General Fund goes to Ivey
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey cedes control of coronavirus funds, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jobless rate spikes to 14.7%, highest since Great Depression
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State unemployment claims continue, decline from record high
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kay Ivey: Remembering My Father and the Greatest Generation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – SEC schools expect campuses to be open in the fall
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lives Lost: Alabama Medal of Honor winner downplayed heroism
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AP Exclusive: Admin shelves CDC guide to reopening country
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 2 drivers arrested in fatal race on Alabama interstate
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Leah Nelson: Changes needed on funding for courts, law enforcement
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – May 7, 2020
AL.COM – Gov. Kay Ivey says ‘wish list’ shows need to shed light on CARES Act funds
AL.COM – 30,000 more Alabamians filed for unemployment last week, bringing coronavirus total to nearly 450K
AL.COM – Mobile tests jail guards but not inmates, prompting outcry from civil rights groups
AL.COM – EPA offers environmental justice grants during pandemic
AL.COM – Alabama lawmakers pass education budget reduced by pandemic
AL.COM – ‘Government is still controlling me’: Alabama deli owner drops plan to defy coronavirus order
AL.COM – Fairhope blogger sues Baldwin Sheriff for not following Alabama State Health Order
AL.COM – Columnist Roy Johnson: Courts stymied by COVID-19 expose state’s flawed funding of state DA offices; layoffs looming
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama House passes education budget
Montgomery Advertiser – Maryuri Aleman Cantillano was killed the day she was last seen by her family, court records say
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama House approves Montgomery property tax referendum
YellowHammer News – Alabama House passes education budget package
YellowHammer News – Asian giant hornets? Murder hornets? Not in Alabama
YellowHammer News – Ivey to allow legislature to spend ‘every single penny’ of State stimulus funds
Tuscaloosa News – Arrests made in shooting death of black man after outcry
Tuscaloosa News – CECIL HURT: The value of Tua’s new number
Tuscaloosa News – Court proceedings remain delayed to mid-May
Decatur Daily – House passes education budget, General Fund goes to Ivey
Decatur Daily – Decatur Morgan Hospital: Patient load closer to normal as elective surgeries, non-COVID-19 patients return
Decatur Daily – Sheriff’s Office: Grand jury could get Somerville shooting case
Times Daily – Ivey to lawmakers: Make good decisions on relief fund use
Times Daily – Eubanks seeks second term for District 4
Times Daily – Colbert County emergency app available for iPhone
Anniston Star – Man charged with shooting into occupied car
Anniston Star – Ivey cedes control of coronavirus funds, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’
Anniston Star – House passes education budget, General Fund goes to Ivey
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Ivey gives control of coronavirus funds to lawmakers, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Pell City dog dies at vet after abandonment, apparent pill overdose
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Push to open Alabama churches or possible lawsuits
WAFF Huntsville – Ivey cedes control of coronavirus funds, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’
WAFF Huntsville – House passes Education budget, General Fund goes to Ivey
WAFF Huntsville – Marshall County Health Department expands drive-thru testing site
Gadsden Times – Gadsden City seniors pick up cap and gowns
Gadsden Times – Etowah County schools to resume feeding program
Gadsden Times – School feeding program will continue until summer nutrition starts
Dothan Eagle – Early Thursday morning fire claims two lives in Houston County
Dothan Eagle – ADPH expands criteria for COVID-19 testing
Dothan Eagle – Southeast Alabama Community Foundation awards grants to Wiregrass nonprofits
Troy Messenger – Arrests made in shooting death of black man after outcry
Troy Messenger – State tops 9,000 confirmed cases, Pike County numbers increase
Troy Messenger – Hundreds evacuated as wildfires rage in Florida Panhandle
Opelika-Auburn News – Whatley will bring back bill to require ‘ownership’ of emergencies
Opelika-Auburn News – Troy U to reopen campus June 1; no word yet from AU
Opelika-Auburn News – Beauregard residence search yields drugs, firearms, police say
Daily Mountain Eagle – Ivey criticizes lawmakers for taking control of relief cash
Daily Mountain Eagle – Carbon Hill City Council will meet Monday
Daily Mountain Eagle – PHOTOS: Celebrating DHS Class of 2020
Trussville Tribune – Alabama falls well short of Harvard Global Health Institute’s minimum testing recommendations
Trussville Tribune – Nearly 450,000 have filed for unemployment in Alabama; Jefferson County still leads state in number of claims filed
Trussville Tribune – Alabama coronavirus cases continue to climb with 8,699 positive tests, 347 deaths; St. Clair County experiences first virus-related death
Athens News Courier – New unemployment claims fall after 400,000 seek benefits
Athens News Courier – Ivey criticizes lawmakers for taking control of relief cash
Athens News Courier – County announces changes ahead of Monday reopening
WSFA Montgomery – House passes Montgomery County property tax referendum
WSFA Montgomery – Alabama forestry officials monitoring wildfire on Florida panhandle
WSFA Montgomery – Ala. cattle farmers take another hit as meat packing plants crippled by COVID-19
WKRG Mobile – Fatal accident blocking Gulf Beach Highway in Escambia County, Fla.
WKRG Mobile – Parts of the United States could see a historic snowstorm this weekend
WKRG Mobile – Locally-grown produce sales rise while US meat supply is at risk
WTVY Dothan – Gov. Ivey issues response to Alabama legislature’s desire to control CARES funds
WTVY Dothan – Taylor girls raise over $6,000 for essential working from lemonade stand
WTVY Dothan – Two dead in Houston County house fire
WASHINGTON POST – Justice Dept. moves to drop case against Michael Flynn
WASHINGTON POST – Flynn decision cheered by Trump and the right, as critics decry it as an attack on the rule of law
WASHINGTON POST – Trump tightens grip on coronavirus information as he pushes to restart the economy
NEW YORK TIMES – America’s Business of Prisons Thrives Even Amid a Pandemic
NEW YORK TIMES – U.S. Jobs Report Shows Clearest Data Yet on Economic Toll: Live Updates
NEW YORK TIMES – The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly.
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