Due to the failure of the Legislators to deal with the State of Alabama’s general fund budget problems, the good things that happened during the Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature have been largely ignored. It’s difficult to understand how the legislative leadership could afford to take the old “ostrich approach” when it comes to the current condition of state finances. The State badly needs additional revenues, and I find it difficult to comprehend how there could be any legitimate dispute over the state’s financial needs.
In the past decade, state government has patched holes in the general fund budget using Katrina funds, stimulus funds from the federal government, and lastly borrowing heavily from state trust funds. Alabama has reached the end of this fiscal rope and it’s now time for our legislators to face reality and deal with the problem.
Gov. Robert Bentley has shown real leadership and it’s time for the members of both the House and Senate to join him and do their duty to stop the ship of state from sinking.
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