Archive for September, 2011

September 29, 2011

Alabama’s new fiscal year begins October 1. Unlike most states we have two operating budgets. We, of course, have a general fund budget, but we also have a special education trust fund budget. Many of you may be surprised to know that currently over two thirds of all state tax dollars go into this education […]

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September 22, 2011

The 2011 Legislative Session yielded an avalanche of socially conservative legislation. Paramount on the list was a sweeping new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Alabama’s new super majority Republican legislature steamrolled this act through the legislative labyrinth like Sherman storming through Georgia. This particular illegal immigration legislation received significant howls of outrage from the […]

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September 15, 2011

The much publicized sensational gambling trial which ended in August will be played out again in January. The first trial ended with the jury finding two defendants innocent and a mistrial being declared for the other seven when the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. The jury acquitted two of the original defendants, State […]

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September 08, 2011

I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day. Historically this uniquely American holiday, which heralds the end of summer and beginning of fall, also marks the start of political campaign season. Generally speaking most candidates make their final decisions to run and officially crank up their operations for the following year’s campaigns on Labor Day. This […]

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September 01, 2011

As we approach Labor Day many of you will look forward to cookouts and the last hurrah of summer activities and celebrations. Historically Labor Day has marked the beginning of campaign season. As the summer heat diminishes the political heat escalates. Harry Truman coined the phrase, “If you can’t stand the heat then get out […]

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