Tag "General Fund"

Lottery Moves Ahead

By Zach Hester,Reporter MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Last Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed Sen. Greg Albritton’s “clean lottery” bill. It passed with the minimum 21 votes needed to pass an amendment to the Alabama Constitution.  As previously reported, the bill isn’t

PHOTO: Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist.  His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature.  Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us. By Steve Flowers February 28, 2018   The Alabama Legislature

DeKalb senator’s proposal bars Legislature from raiding Dept. of Conservation By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Senator Clay Scofield (R-Arab) recently passed legislation to protect funding for Alabama’s state parks. Under Scofield’s plan, state parks would be able to keep all

By Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) The Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist transcends time and was a catalyst for social change in its day. As we enter the second special session of the Alabama Legislature to focus on the anemic and

By Craig Ford It’s no secret that the state of Alabama is in a budget crisis. It’s a crisis that we’ve known for three years was coming, but our state leaders waited until the elections were over before they publicly

With the 2015 legislative session winding down and a $250 million shortfall in the General Fund looming, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) has formed the Commission on Earmarking and Budget Reform.   “Proud to announce the formation of

As the debate over Alabama’s General Fund budget shortfall continues, four schools of thought have emerged on how to solve this problem: a) tax increases, b) gambling revenue, c) unearmarking, d) and across-the-board cuts. Each one of these proposals has

Senator Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) and Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) held a joint press conference at the DeSoto State Park Lodge to discuss their plans to keep the park open with the looming budget crisis.  

It isn’t often these days that you see Democrats and Republicans agreeing on major policies. But that’s exactly what began to happen last week. It is no secret that our General Fund budget is in desperate shape. The proposed budget