The State of Alabama will have to make some tough fiscal decisions during the remainder of this year and certainly in 2010. Had not the federal stimulus money been available this year, state government would have been in an impossible situation concerning the funding of governmental functions. Even with that money, the State is having serious fiscal problems. From all accounts 2010 will be a difficult year and 2011 even worse relating to budgets for both general fund and education – and that’s not good news for either the Democrats or Republicans in the Legislature.
Hopefully, our economy will bounce back faster than anticipated so that tough decisions can be avoided. If that doesn’t happen, the next Governor and Legislature will have to find more revenues or will have to drastically cut state services. For years, we have avoided facing up to fiscal problems and solving them on a permanent basis. Another patchwork approach won’t work in 2011, and since 2010 is an election year, you can rest assured nothing of significance will happen during the year and that’s most unfortunate.
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