I may be the only person who feels this way, but I believe it’s time for the Alabama Legislature to provide additional revenues for the operation of state government and public education. The political pledge not to raise taxes, heard from the candidates in every election year since George C. Wallace first used it in the 1970s, has resulted in our state being in a deep financial hole. It’s time for our legislators to wake up, face reality and provide adequate revenues. If that doesn’t happen, and very soon, more needed programs will be cut back drastically. This will have a negative effect on our state, and as a result, all of our citizens will suffer.
When you look back over the past 25 years, and see how we have depended on federal money to provide necessary services, it doesn’t take an expert to figure out why our state, to borrow an expression from my hometown of Clayton, finds itself “as broke as a haint.” Those in charge of our government can do one of two things – either raise taxes or continue to cut necessary and badly-needed programs. More than 1,1000 state workers will lose their jobs because of the recent budget cuts by the Legislature. These are real people, most of whom have families and are good employees. In my opinion, they don’t deserve to be put on the street. The easy way out for our elected leaders is to continue playing politics with our state’s financial problems, causing our people to suffer as a result.
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