Based on media reports, and information received from good sources, Artur Davis is being considered by the political pundits as a leading candidate for Governor in 2010. However, lots of folks outside his Congressional district don’t know that much about the Montgomery native. Those who have followed Artur’s career closely like what they have seen. The following are Artur’s views on some key issues – as reported by the Associated Press – that could arise if he decides to run. I am printing this information since I believe it will give our readers a good indication of what to expect from a Davis Administration if Artur runs and is elected:
• EDUCATION: Artur wants to keep expanding the Alabama Reading Initiative and the voluntary pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds. He says: “There may be a challenge to universal pre-K, but we can certainly do it in a lot of communities that aren’t getting it now.”
• TAX RATES: He says he is not interested in raising the taxes of ordinary wage earners in Alabama or the majority of folks in this state. Neither is he looking to revisit individual tax rates in Alabama at this point, even upper income. His focus, if there were any revisiting, would be the corporate tax rate.
• LOW WAGE EARNERS: Artur advocates raising the threshold where a family of four starts paying state income taxes from $12,600. He would like to see it at least equal half of the state’s median income, which is $38,160 annually. His view is that putting a tax burden on someone making less than half the state’s median income makes no sense, particularly in a state that values low taxes.
• PROPERTY TAXES: He is not interested in changing the tax burden on individual property owners in this state. Going back to four-year appraisals instead of having annual appraisals appeals to Artur. He observed: “We do have to look at the question of what companies pay, particularly out-of-state companies, because they are getting a pretty generous deal right now. They are getting a better deal than any other states require of them.”
• USE OF ANY NEW TAXES: If new taxes were required, Artur would use them to sustain an education system and create a better education system than we have now. He believes that would pay for itself. “Every company in this state that is dependent on our work force would be better off having a higher quality of worker in the next five years ‘ a smarter, better-educated quality of worker than having their taxes remain exactly where they are now. I think most companies in this state get that,” he says.
• CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: Artur favors placing limits on campaign contributions, which is certainly good news.
• CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION: The Montgomery native supports constitutional reform. He prefers a convention rather than having the Legislature perform the task. His view is that a convention might have public servants who don’t necessarily want a political career and don’t worry about getting re-elected.
Many are convinced that Artur will make the race for Governor in 2010. If he elects to do so, I believe he will be a very strong candidate. However, many political observers believe that race is still a strong negative factor in Alabama politics and that it would be an issue in the 2010 Governor’s race if Artur makes the race. The outcome of the presidential race in Alabama on November 4th indicated that the issue may still be alive and well in our state. Hopefully, I will see the day in Alabama when the color of a person’s skin is no longer a factor in politics or in life generally!
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