I read a most interesting piece recently in The Christian Alabamian, the publication of The Christian Coalition of Alabama, concerning poverty in Alabama. The piece was in the June 12th issue. I would encourage our readers to read it. After I read it, I immediately thought about how the Alabama Legislature dealt with the fiscal problems caused by too little money available to even come close to adequately funding State government agencies and public education in our state. During the Regular Session, the approach taken by the GOP-controlled House and Senate was to put the burden on those in our state who are the least able to take a financial hit. Those who can afford to pay more came out in great shape in the Session.
Large out-of-state companies, which pay very little in the form of taxes in Alabama, also were virtually ignored as a source of needed revenue. When the super rich are compared to a single mother making $12,500 a year when it comes to state tax burden, it’s obvious who wins in that comparison. The article referred to above correctly stated that a major part of the solution to eliminate future poverty in our state is taking care of our educational system. I am afraid that was not the approach taken by the Legislature. The budgets were “balanced” on the backs of school teachers, state employees, working men and women and owners of small businesses. Those who fall in the upper levels of income were virtually ignored and were protected against anything that would cost them more money.
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