The Alabama Legislature is moving at a rapid pace, passing most everything that the Republican majority in both the House and Senate wants. Unfortunately, a number of the real problems facing state government appear, at this juncture, to have been put on the back burner. I believe that Gov. Bentley’s tax package deserves prompt attention. But I am not sure if his fellow Republicans are helping him gather support for revenues that state government badly needs.
Sadly, public education is again being placed at the back of the bus and that’s most unfortunate. Hopefully, things will change on that front and soon. The state’s overall financial condition is in crisis and that really can’t be disputed. We have made it through the past 12 years by using federal money and borrowing from trust funds. Now we must face up to the reality that we need additional revenues. The state cannot afford to cut more services without that approach adversely affecting people. I believe we are at a crossroads and the governor and our legislators must take all steps necessary to keep the ship of state from sinking.
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