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Raise unlikely for school employees next year

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Trip Pittman, the chairman of a Senate education budget committee, said Tuesday a raise for school employees appears unlikely in the fiscal year that begins in October 2015.  Teachers got a 2 percent raise in the fiscal 2014 budget that took effect Tuesday.

Pittman also said repaying the education budget's debt to the states Rainy Day Fund is a priority for fiscal 2015 because it's required by state law.  Pittman says debt and other obligations, including increased health insurance costs, will likely use up extra money in the fiscal 2015 budget.

Pittman and House budget committee Chairman Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa held a news conference Tuesday to discuss their commitment to repaying the Rainy Day Fund on time.  Poole said it's too early to rule out any expenditure for fiscal 2015.

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