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Legislative Roundup – Week 9


Well the folks down in Montgomery are back this week!  And boy you just have to hear about the general fund budget.  Every department is going to have huge cuts!  Some of the most extreme cuts include a 30% cut to the judicial system.  40% cut to the ethics commission.  And a 100% cut to the attorney general office!  Read the chart from the WSFA website.

This is just sad!  Why are we not looking at our tax structure?  If we had a lottery and fair property taxes that included large land owners.  Alabama would not be in big trouble.  But we have to keep our taxes dirt cheap.  And the people who want taxes to stay super low expect the same services governments must provide.  Something is wrong here.  For the folks who want super low taxes.  Get over it!  Our taxes are eventually going to have to go up.  And if you don’t like it move out of the state.  That’s right; you will pay more taxes if you leave Alabama.  And for the large land owners and businesses who pay hardly any taxes.  How would you feel if you got no police or fire protection because of super low taxes?  You would not like that at all would you.  These folks can pay more taxes.  And if you don’t like then leave Alabama.

Speaking of something that needs to be cut.  Why have the legislators not cut their pay yet?  That should have been something that was cut long ago!  Now let’s talk about the Alabama charter school issue.  Governor Bentley and State Superintendent Tommy Bice (who I know) went down to New Orleans to tour charter schools that are in operation.  I believe the charter school issue needs to be approved in Alabama.  Charter schools are not needed everywhere in Alabama.  But in poorer districts such as the black belt and big cities; they are needed.  The only issue is how are we going to fund them?  We already have major budget cuts coming.  Once again the tax issue needs to be looked at in Alabama.  And no it’s not going to kill you to pay just a little more.

One bill that had huge support and passed is to provide tax breaks for new employees that are from the military.  This is a great bill but what about the people who have been unemployed for a long time?  I have been unemployed for around 10 months now!  I wish the state would help us in finding work but the career center in Anniston sucks!  There is one area that could be looked at in the budget cuts.

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