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2011 Legislative Agenda

We’ve been working hard over the past couple of months to put together a solid, conservative and realistic agenda for the coming legislative session.  These are the policy items we’re going to be working on come March.  During the special session in December, we distributed copies of our legislative agenda to the new legislature. I’ve […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

Governor-Elect Bentley and AG-Elect Strange Release Statement on Gambling

Today, Governor-Elect Robert Bentley and Attorney General-Elect Luther Strange released the following statement on Governor Riley’s Gambling Task Force: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Revised to correct a typographical error– December 29, 2010 Contact: Jessica Garrison on behalf of Bentley and Strange, 205-568-4371 Governor-Elect Bentley to Assign Gambling Task Force to AG-Elect Strange Bentley, Strange Issue Joint […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

The Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in at 10:00 am yesterday morning, and a Democrat filibuster of SB 2 almost automatically ensued.  15 hours later Republicans broke the filibuster, and passed SB 2 by a vote of 52-49.  Thirteen Republicans, including the three who recently switch parties, broke ranks and voted with the Democrats against […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Legislation

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

For many years, Democrat led legislatures have forced taxpayers to pick up the tab when state employees and education workers have dues automatically deducted from their paycheck and sent to their unions.  Those deductions go to union PACs and organizations to fund political activities.  The cost of providing this service is a whopping $2,500,000 a […]

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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. […]

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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