- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was in the Birmingham area discussing components of the state’s job creation efforts, which he said will be a continued priority for the next three years.

Bentley spoke at a Homewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday and noted the state’s pre-kindergarten program, workforce training and infrastructure improvements as key elements in successful industrial recruitment.

The governor said he would support a gas tax increase to fund infrastructure upgrades throughout the state and the issue could come up during the next legislative session.

Aside from job creation, Bentley said improving services in rural Alabama will also be a priority in the next three years. Bentley said he and others are especially focused on the availability of broadband service and health care throughout the state.

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