The general fund battles were being waged in the Alabama Legislature when this part of the report was being written. I am not sure how the battle will end, but I do know that if the Alabama Senate adopts the House-passed general fund budget without significant changes, it will be a disaster for the people of our state. If this budget – without new revenues – is passed, Gov. Robert Bentley should veto the bill. I really don’t believe the majority of our legislators understand fully what will happen if they don’t join the governor in his efforts to keep the ship of state from sinking.
Members of the House and Senate should put politics aside, take a courageous stand, admit that state government in Alabama badly needs additional revenues, and then get to work and do the job. At this juncture, the people back home in the House and Senate districts haven’t felt the adverse effects that will come if the house-passed budget passes and is signed by Governor Bentley. But they certainly will if this budget passes.
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