A new day politically has dawned in Alabama and the landscape is firmly “Red” without any doubt. For the first time in 136 years both houses of the Alabama Legislature are now under Republican control. All but two officials elected statewide are Republicans. This success offers both opportunities and challenges. The people of Alabama have very high expectations for a successful beginning in state government, in my opinion. It sort of reminds me of the old tale about the dog finally catching the big truck he had been chasing for a very long time. When he finally caught it he realized it was a very big truck and he really didn’t know what to do with it. Hopefully, that won’t be the case with the Alabama Legislature.
Now that the GOP is firmly in control of the Legislature, the obvious question is: What will it be able to accomplish? State government in Alabama is “broke as a haint,” to borrow a phrase from my home county of Barbour. That presents a major problem right off the bat for those in charge. There will either be huge cuts in 2011 in all departments and in all segments of public education, or there will be new revenues. The prospects of any new revenues, however, are unlikely. The federal stimulus money – quietly accepted by the Governor and Legislature – kept the ship of state afloat for two years. Lots of folks don’t realize it but that money won’t be available next year. The new Governor is inheriting a real mess.
The job of governing is going to be extremely difficult and it will take a bi-partisan approach to problem-solving in dealing with the multitude of serious financial problems facing the state. I wish Dr. Bentley, the Governor-elect, and the GOP-controlled Legislature the very best. Hopefully, they will come up with some new and innovative ways of funding state government and public education. They certainly won’t be able to patch the old tire again – as has been the case for at least the last ten years – and get away with it. Those days are over and the state’s fiscal problems must now be faced head on and dealt with in a fiscally-responsible manner.
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