Call Your Congressman And Tell Him To Oppose The New Short-Term CR

Call Your Congressman And Tell Him To Oppose The New Short-Term CR

Erick Erickson over at Red State does a better job explaining why the new short-term CR is a bad idea than I do, but in a nutshell:  House Republicans are terrified of a government shut-down.  They have introduced a new Continuing Resolution to fund the government for three more weeks.  The fact that the new […]

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Legislative Week In Review

Legislative Week In Review

This was a busy 3-day week for the Alabama Legislature.  On Tuesday, the House passed one of the most significant pieces of legislation on the Republican agenda–Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling Reserve Budget Act–and the Senate voted to end the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).  Several important pieces of legislation also came out of committee on […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Budget, Featured, Legislation

Tuesday’s Legislative Activity

Tuesday’s Legislative Activity

It was a busy day in Montgomery, Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling Reserve Budget Act HB 57 passed the House (you can find more information about the legislation here) and the Alabama Senate voted (23-12) to end the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) SB72 saving taxpayers millions of dollars.  For more information on DROP and why […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Budget, Legislation

GOP Is Poised To Drop DROP This Week

GOP Is Poised To Drop DROP This Week

I’m hearing reports from multiple sources who say the DROP bill will be on the Governor’s desk by Thursday of this week.  The Governor’s proposed budget hinges on the elimination of the DROP program to avoid layoffs.  For a good review of what the DROP program is and why it needs to be repealed, check […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Budget, Featured, Legislation, Spending

Legislation Will Bring More Transparency To Open Alabama

Legislation Will Bring More Transparency To Open Alabama

Most states have websites where their state checkbook, budget, etc is posted online. Alabama’s version of that site is called Open Alabama. The problem is that Open Alabama isn’t all that open.  Like the state’s online legislative information system, it is incredibly difficult for the average person to navigate and use.  Most people without a […]

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Legislative Week in Review–Week 1

Legislative Week in Review–Week 1

The Alabama legislature gaveled in at 12 noon on March 1, 2011 with a Republican-controlled House and Senate.  It was a very busy week that followed as the GOP is moving legislation quickly through committee.  Here are some of the key pieces of legislation that came out of committee this week: HB57–Rep. Greg Canfield’s Rolling […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Budget, Legislation, Spending

Check Out The Video Of AL Government 101

Check Out The Video Of AL Government 101

Here’s the video from Alabama Government 101 for anyone who missed it: Alabama Government 101 Part 1 from Eagle Forum of Alabama on Vimeo. Alabama Government 101 Part 2 from Eagle Forum of Alabama on Vimeo.

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation, Media

Start of the 2011 Legislative Session

Start of the 2011 Legislative Session

The Alabama Legislature will gavel in tomorrow at 12 noon.  Here’s a preview of what you can expect during this session: The 2011 legislative session can be summed up in one word–Budget.  It’s all about the budget this year.  Revenue shortfalls and the loss of federal stimulus money have led to serious budget woes for […]

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Senator Calls For More Transparency in Campaign Finance

Senator Calls For More Transparency in Campaign Finance

Senator Cam Ward has a great article at Doc’s Political Parlor describing legislation to bring more transparency to campaign finance in this state.  Currently campaign finance reports are filed by mail or in person and scanned copies are available online.  As Cam points out, this makes searching them impossible. Under this legislation, once a campaign […]

Filed Under Alabama Senate, Legislation

Heritage on National Standards: Big Expense; Very Little Value

Heritage on National Standards: Big Expense; Very Little Value

Heritage’s Lindsey Burke has written a web memo on national standards which is up today. She makes the case that the implementation of national standards comes at a great expense and results in very little value.  She has a good guide to spending on standards and assessment systems by states: The budgetary impact of jettisoning […]

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