Teacher Raise Passed in Alabama

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The Alabama Legislature has approved a six percent pay raise for school workers and an education budget to fund the pay raise, but Gov. Bob Riley said Thursday he will veto both of them and send them back to the Legislature on its final meeting day May 16.

Democratic legislative leaders predict they will have no trouble getting a majority of the Legislature to vote to override the governor's vetoes, and Riley doesn't quarrel with that prediction.

House Republican Leader Mike Hubbard says the math is simple. There are more Democrats in the Legislature than Republicans, and they will vote to override the Republican governor.

Riley maintains the pay raise is too high and the spending plan can't be sustained, but teachers say they need a six percent raise because they haven't had a cost-of-living raise since 2002.