Teachers in Alabama are one step closer to getting a pay raise.
The education budget passed the State House of Representatives with no opposing vote.
It now heads to the State Senate for consideration.
The budget would spend $6.6 billion from the education trust fund and give a 2.5 percent cost of living raise for education employees in K through 12 and two-year colleges.
Democrat lawmakers argued for a higher amount of around 5 percent.
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