Legislative recap: Highlights of the 2022 regular session

Legislative recap: Highlights of the 2022 regular session

YH Alabama State House The Alabama Legislature last week concluded its 2022 regular session. This year’s session saw a number of the majority party’s legislative priorities addressed, as well as the passage of many bipartisan measures. The following is Yellowhammer News’ recap of the 2022 regular legislative session: Record Budgets Alabama still remains one of the nation’s only states that separate general government and education funding into two separate budgets. Both the general fund budget and the education trust fund budget saw record investments, totaling a combined $10.96 billion in spending for fiscal year 2023. While the state experienced record revenue, legislative leadership attributes fiscally responsible budgeting practices for paving the way for way historic expenditures in the fiscal year 2023 budgets. General Fund: In addition to paying off all funds borrowed to the Alabama Trust Fund, the $2.7 billion fiscal year 2023 general fund budget increased overall funding for mental health services and allocated dollars for two new crisis diversion centers. The budget also provided a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees and sends money back to taxpayers. Branch funding allocation of the FY2023 budget as follows: Executive: $2,297,963,806 Judicial: $185,214,276 Legislative: $43,926,548 Other: $169,723,724 A full funding breakdown of the fiscal year 2023 general fund budget may be accessed here . Education Trust Fund (ETF): The $8.26 billion ETF budget included record pay increases for experienced public school teachers, including a raise in minimum salaries for teachers with nine or more years of experience and an annual 1% […]

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