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Time To Get Back To Responsible Budgeting

By Special Guest Contributor Rep. Jack Williams (HD 47) Now more than ever, it is important that we understand where and how the government is spending our money.  For far too long we have been content to let government bureaucrats employ deceptive budget practices and wasteful spending.   That failure to pay attention has led us […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Economic Policy

Unfunded Pension Liabilities Are A Growing Problem Nationwide

David Brooks highlights the budget problems states are facing due to unfunded pension liabilities: New Jersey can’t afford to build its tunnel, but benefits packages for the state’s employees are 41 percent more expensive than those offered by the average Fortune 500 company. These benefits costs are rising by 16 percent a year. New York […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Economic Policy

Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Alabama’s ethics law was last updated in 1992.  Since then, we’ve had multiple legislators indicted, and reportedly one of the largest investigations into public corruption in the country. The BGA Integrity Index ranks Alabama 4th in the nation in terms of public corruption.  If ever there was a need for ethics reform, Alabama has it. […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

Rolling Reserve Budget Act Key To Solving Alabama’s Problems With Education Funding

For the past two legislative sessions, Rep. Greg Canfield (R-Vestavia) has introduced a budget reform measure entitled the Rolling Reserve Budget Act.  The proposal would cap education spending based on a rolling 15-year average growth rate.  The state currently bases the education budget on a projection of Education Trust Fund revenues.  Extreme revenue fluctuations make […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Economic Policy, Legislation