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Sunday Discussion: September 18th Vote


The vote that is coming up in Alabama on September 18th is already making the news and we are still around one month away from the vote.  The people of Alabama will head to the polls on September 18th and only decide on one issue.  Should we rewrite the state constitution to make special transfers of $145.8 million a year in each of the next three fiscal years from the Alabama Trust Fund to the General Fund.  (total of $437 million over three years)  Many people commenting on websites are already saying they will vote NO and are asking this question to the state government.  When will the Alabama Legislature actually do their job?  I will talk about this later in this post but here is the official language you will see on the voting form.  I can’t believe this is what you will read when you vote.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide adequate funding for the State General Fund budget, to prevent the mass release of prisoners from Alabama prisons, and to protect critical health services to Alabama children, elderly, and mothers by transferring funds from the Alabama Trust Fund to the State General Fund beginning with the state’s 2012-2013 fiscal year and concluding with the state’s 2014-2015 fiscal year; to provide a new procedure for distributions made from the Alabama Trust Fund beginning 2012-2013 fiscal year; to create a County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund advisory committee; and to provide further for distributions made from the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund. (Proposed by Act No. 2012-490)

Many politicians in the state including the governor and the legislature are telling people to vote YES and are supporting the amendment.  Many businessmen in the state are also supporting the amendment as well.  But if you ask the average joe they will most likely say we are raiding the savings account and we need no new taxes.  Since this is Shark Week I will let this political cartoon below explain what average people in Alabama wants.  The people want the shark to bite into the general fund before it reaches the trust fund.

There is a group PAC that is in support of the amendment.  Keep Alabama Working is working to have the voters say YES on Sept. 18th to avoid an “uncontrolled train wreck.” Some of the things they list on the Keep Alabama Working website is the ultimate doom and gloom!

Some of the comments off the website makes me wonder how badly this amendment vote is going to fail.

Many of the problems in Alabama are connected to the old-fashioned 1901 Alabama Constitution.  At 340,136 words, the document is 12 times longer than the average state constitution, 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution, and is the longest still-operative constitution anywhere in the world.  Alabama is one of two states that does not allow home rule in counties.  This means the legislature is always tied up with county issues during the legislative session and no real state business can be done.  This constitution also has racist language and laws plus archaic tax laws that punish the poor while the rich can run around waving their hands in a field of gold.

A documentary called It’s a Thick Book and the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform does a very good job talking about the longest constitution in the world!  If Alabama is going to get ahead of the 1950’s and attract new jobs and businesses we need to RE-WRITE the entire constitution including the portion about taxes that no politicians want to touch.  Our tax code needs to re-written to include large land owners paying their fair share of property taxes and out-of-state corporations paying state taxes as well.  And counties need to be allowed to pass any laws they want without getting the legislature involved.  But I know how backwards Alabama is so I really do not see this happening anytime soon.

After reading many stories online I have come to the conclusion that I hope this vote FAILS!  If the vote fails Governor Bentley will be forced to call a special session of the legislature to deal with the huge budget loss.  Will the legislature get smart and deal with the biggest issue called taxes.  Or will they throw many poor people under the bus.  Only time will tell.

For more info. on Keep Alabama Working go to  They are on Facebook at and on Twitter@KeepALWorking

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