MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 4% pay increase for teachers and other public school employees.
Representatives voted 103-0 for the pay raise bill. The pay raise bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey.
The increase would take starting pay for a teacher with a bachelor's degree to $40,873.
While the bill passed without a dissenting vote, Democratic Rep. Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham said teachers deserve a larger raise.
The House of Representatives also voted 99-0 for the education budget.
However, the spending plan is expected to go to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Alabama Senate.
The education trust fund budget, which is fueled by sales and income taxes, has finally rebounded past pre-recession levels of 2008.