The $26 billion jobs bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last month will provide $133 million for Alabama’s Medicaid program and $149 million for public schools. The $149 million can be used to hire teachers and support workers in Alabama’s public schools. Interestingly, State Finance Director Bill Newton says the new state budget taking effect October 1st had been based on getting $197 million for Medicaid, which means adjustments must be made due to less available money. Fortunately, the state education budget had not counted on the $149 million. The extra money must be used for salaries and benefits in K-12 schools during the school year just now beginning. Clearly, the federal money again came at a very good time. I don’t believe the state will send the money back – even though it came from Washington.
Source: Associated Press
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