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Another year of no pay raises for state employees

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Budgets passed Thursday don't have any raises built-in for state employees. Budgets passed Thursday don't have any raises built-in for state employees.
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

For the first time in more than half a decade, Alabama teachers will see a salary increase.

Lawmakers approved a plan giving them a two percent raise. Governor Bentley is expected to sign that bill into law soon.

However, other state employees are not as fortunate. Budgets passed Thursday don't have any raises built-in for them.

Lawmakers say things still look bleak financially.

The Madison County District Attorney's Office is feeling the effects and has been for quite some time.

District Attorney Robert Broussard said funding for his office has steadily declined since 2008. He said what they are getting this year is about half of what they received five years ago.

State budget cuts continue to have an impact on the D.A.'s office and its operations. Broussard said less money means more limitations.

While they have the same number of lawyers as they did five years ago, they have fewer investigators.

When it comes to extra training or new supplies, those opportunities are few and far between. However, the most critical impact is on their cases.

"During the Amy Bishop case, the defense had all these experts in the world of psychiatry and psychology lined up. All we had was one report from a state psychologist. However, Representative Phil Williams gave my office $10,000 for us to look into an expert. If you don't have a local legislator who realizes the need for more funds, you are limited," explained Broussard.

The D.A.'s office leans heavily on the Madison County Commission to supplement their shrinking budget.

"Without the help of the commission, we would go under," said Broussard.

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