The Alabama Legislature’s regular session, during which the Legislators are supposed to pass budgets and other needed legislation, starts on March 1st and could last until June 13th. This will be one of the most difficult sessions in recent memory because of the state’s extremely poor financial condition. To say that the new Governor and legislators are inheriting a fiscal mess may be an understatement. Some real tough decisions will have to be made in order to solve the many fiscal problems facing our state.
Perhaps, out of the fiscal mess will come some long-range financial planning. Our state has patched and borrowed for years to keep state government operating with no real long-range plan and we are now paying the price for it. Long-range planning must be a top priority for this group of Legislators. Dealing with budgets for the next fiscal year has to come first, however, and that poses a major challenge for the Legislative leadership. Hopefully, there will be a bi-partisan approach to dealing with these problems during the session. If so, there will be progress made and some good things will happen.
Source: Birmingham News
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