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Governor Robert Bentley stopped by the Alabama’s 13 studio today and sat down with Alabama’s 13 News Anchor Jeff Eliasoph.

The two discussed a variety of topics from health care legislation to education.

Here’s a summary of the interview. Click through the video players above to see the full interview.

Global warming and the environment:

“What they’re doing on the federal level is they’re punishing the south because the south uses coal.”

Governor Bentley says he supports clean air and water efforts, but he does not want the federal government shutting down businesses. According to Bentley, places like Alabama suffer the most from the EPA’s emission regulations because the state only has a few options when it comes to producing electricity, two being coal and natural gas.

Alabama jobs report:

“The jobs issue is a long-term process. This is not something you can fix overnight.”

The Governor talks about initiatives underway to help get more people back to work, including the implementation of the State Workforce Council. According to Bentley, there are 50,000 more people working today than when he took office.

Immigration:

“This is a federal issue, and the President and Congress need to take a leadership role.”

Governor Bentley says the nation already has immigration policies in place, but they have not been enforced. The Governor is urging the President to take the lead and secure the border.

Civil Rights:

“There’s nowhere that we have come so far as we have in the South, particularly in Alabama.”

Governor Bentley calls both Birmingham and Montgomery the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement. The Governor says preparations are already underway for the state commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march next year.

Running for a second term:

“We haven’t finished what we wanna finish.”

Governor Bentley says he wants to see more jobs created in some of the state’s poorest counties. He believes the platform is set for even more economic growth over the next four years.

Alabama worst in health:

“We’re actually doing a little better than we were, but we have a long way to go.”

Governor Bentley says instead of creating new legislation that would regulate portion sizes and ingredients at restaurants, Alabamians need to be educated. According to him, that education should start in the classroom.

Appeals court ruling on Obamacare:

“That ruling validates what we already have done in Alabama.”

Governor Bentley was one of more than 30 governors who did not set up a state exchange in an effort to push back on what he considers the worst piece of legislation that has ever been passed by the federal government. He says the recent ruling from the Washington appeals court confirms his decision was the right choice.

Education in Alabama:

“We’ve got to go back to the basics.”

Governor Bentley says improving education in Alabama must start with the basics. He talked about funding he’s created for the state’s pre-school initiatives. The Governor says Alabama’s pre-school programs rank among the best in the country.

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