2017 Legislative Update – Week 13

Cameron EspyUncategorized

Sine die. After thirteen long weeks filled with political scandals, political posturing and in fighting, this entire legislative session is one for the history books. Disappointment is probably the one word that describes this session for state employees. Disappointment in the failure to secure a pay raise, disappointment that legislators would rather get credit for a pay raise in an ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 12

Cameron EspyLegislative

Time is ticking away on this legislative session. If you have been following the redistricting and autism debates this week then you can see just how contentious this session continues to be. Important issues such as our state employee pay crisis, redistricting and autism has caused deep divides and stalemates. It seems as if these real issues have no place ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 11

Cameron EspyLegislative

State employees feel like we were slapped in the face this week and deep disappointment and bewilderment is one of many emotions you should be feeling. If the actions this week cannot unite us then nothing will. At the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on Wednesday, the meeting began with Senator Bill Hightower giving an overview on a ... Read More
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General Fund Budget Passes Committee Without COLA

Cameron EspyUncategorized

The General Fund Budget, HB 155, passed the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee today WITHOUT a state employee pay raise. A COLA for state employees is on life support and could be dead for this session. Both Budget Chairmen have committed to a pay raise for state employees next year, but that does us no good for 2017. ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 9

Cameron EspyLegislative

Yesterday completed the 19th legislative day out of 30. Time is ticking away and yet the General Fund Budget, HB 155, still needs to clear the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee and the full Senate. It remains to be seen if the Senate will include a state employee COLA or bonus. Legislators are skittish to appropriate money other ... Read More
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Cameron EspyUncategorized

This has been a week to remember in Alabama politics. First, let us welcome Kay Ivey to the Governor’s Office. ASEA looks forward to working with her on issues affecting state employees. Having been a state employee herself, our hope is that we can work closely on these matters together. Hopefully you read the email ASEA sent on Wednesday regarding ... Read More
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Contact Your Senator Today -Stop the Privatization of ABC

Cameron EspyUncategorized

It now appears there will be a strong push to pass SB 260 out of the Senate either tomorrow or next Tuesday. SB 260 is the ABC Privatization Bill. Please contact your Senator today and let them know that privatization is NOT the answer. Stand up for your fellow state employees whose jobs are on the line. If you work ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 7

Cameron EspyUncategorized

After a two-week Spring Break, the Legislature came back into session on Tuesday. In regards to bills related to state employees, the week was relatively quiet (see below) but everything else was wild, as you have seen on the news and read in the papers. As this circus unfolds, we must continue to remain focused on our issues and hope ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 6

Cameron EspyUncategorized

  Unfortunately this week was as challenging as the last with some members of the House of Representatives blocking a COLA for state employees. Because of this, the General Fund Budget, HB 155, passed out of the House of Representatives without any money for a COLA or bonus for state employees. But please be aware, it did not go down ... Read More
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2017 Legislative Update – Week 5

Cameron EspyUncategorized

To say that this week was challenging would be an understatement. The General Fund Budget, HB 155, was substituted and passed out of the Ways and Means General Fund Committee. This substitute did not include the 4% COLA from the Governor’s proposed budget. This is a huge disappointment and one that the committee justified by saying that they had fully ... Read More
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