I am not going into any detail, but I must mention that the Alabama Legislature is facing a huge crisis trying to keep a state government that’s literally broke operating. Interestingly, they are trying to do so without finding the additional revenues that are so badly needed to adequately fund the state agencies. Apparently, the Legislative leadership believes they can reduce the size of government and still meet their obligation to see that the state provides essential services to Alabama citizens. They have refused to admit that the state badly needs additional revenues. Being unwilling to face that stark reality is no solution to a most serious problem.
The state’s general fund is hundreds of millions of dollars short and the consequences of not finding the needed revenues will be very bad if massive “cuts” in budgets are the only answer to our state’s financial problems. This group of lawmakers has an opportunity to do the right thing and pass the needed revenue measures. The alternative is for them to follow the lead of previous groups and do nothing. Neither borrowing more money nor asking for more federal funds is the answer. Hopefully, the legislators will do the right thing. Otherwise, the citizens of our state will be hurt badly when good employees are laid off and state services are severely curtailed. It will be most interesting to see what happens during the last half of the regular session.
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