The Alabama Legislature went into session last month and thus far, from all accounts, it appears this will be another typical election-year session. Hopefully, some of the state’s real problems, including such issues as setting priorities and providing adequate funding for public education, will be addressed. Most observers believe there is one area of concern that will have to be addressed – election year notwithstanding – and that concerns the state’s horrendously bad prison system. If the state doesn’t act soon, the federal courts will order a takeover of the system. That’s not a good thing for Alabama citizens. Needless to say, this is another problem that won’t go away.
There will be lots of political posturing and perhaps some grandstanding in the next few weeks in both houses of the legislature. While that’s to be expected, much of what’s being proposed doesn’t amount to a “hill of beans.” On a positive note, I hope that the legislators will find a way to give needed pay raises to state employees and public school teachers. It’s the right thing to do and certainly something that is long overdue. Investing in both sectors, in my opinion, will pay long-term benefits for our state. In any event, it will be most interesting to see how this session winds up.
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