Archive for June, 2015

June 25, 2015

Alabama is only one of a handful of states that work out of two budgets. We have a General Fund Budget and a separate Education Budget. Our General Fund is where the severe problem rests. The reason is that the General Fund gets none of the growth taxes so its revenue has remained the same […]

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June 18, 2015

The regular legislative session ended without a General Fund Budget. As we look back politically on the first half of the year, the dilemma with the General Fund has been the dominant issue. It has been at the forefront since the beginning of the year and it is not yet resolved. After five months of […]

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June 11, 2015

As I was walking out of the Statehouse recently someone asked me, “Do you think we will have gambling in Alabama”.  My response was simple. We already have gambling, the state just does not derive any revenue from it. Indeed gambling proliferates in our state just as it does in all of the other 49 […]

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June 04, 2015

We are in the final days of the first regular legislative session of the quadrennium. The session constitutionally has to end June 15. The governor and legislature are at a standoff. The financial dilemma in the State General Fund has not been addressed and the budgets are up in the air. As the session began […]

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