GOP Fighting GOP in Alabama: Shortfall of $702 Million

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    Jun 07, 2015 11:55 PM GMT
    NYT: In Alabama, lawmakers are expected to return to Montgomery, the capital, this summer for a special session amid a budget stalemate that has pitted competing plans from the Republican governor, Robert Bentley, and the Republican-dominated Legislature to resolve what the governor says is a long-term $702 million shortfall.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/08/us/states-confront-wide-budget-gaps-even-after-years-of-recovery.html?
  • bobbobbob

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    Jun 08, 2015 3:03 PM GMT


    The NYT's resident paperboy is really desperate to be posting stories that are essentially the same for states going through the same issue. Alaska, Kansas, Alabama.

    The link SB provided underscores the national scope of this dilemma and fails to mention to root cause of it; RINOs who get elected on conservative rhetoric and spend spend spend spend as irresponsibly as liberal progressives on crack.

    It's real simple and businesses do it all the time. For instance Here we count on hurricanes hitting every 7 years. Businesses vulnerable to the damage save back capital to A) lower their insurance rates and B) keep their businesses operating. All of our employees knew they have jobs and are needed at work 24 to 48 hours after a hurricane if they can make it to work... even if we lose 100% of inventory as has happened three times since 1980.

    There's something about working with revenue from taxes that intoxicates elected legislators, mostly lawyers, and makes them start spending like shopaholics on crack.

    Here in north Florida we get as much Alabama news as from Florida. Alabama's tax revenues for the past year were above last years but their spending exceeded last years revenues. What the F**k is so hard to figure out about that? They used to run on a balanced budget just like every household and solvent business has to do. If you don't have the money, don't spend it.

    Next headline: Wait until the Montgomery Alabama downtown reinvestment bubble pops. They have bars, restaurants and other businesses who are making more off city subsidies than their own sales... all thanks to a RINO.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 09, 2015 2:03 AM GMT
    Politicians both democrat and republican seem to think that they can keep on spending like drunken sailors and when there is any budgetary red ink, they just stick it to the taxpayers. It is the taxpayers that have to mop up the politicians financial mess. Go figure.icon_mad.gif
  • KissTheSky

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    Jun 09, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: In Alabama, lawmakers are expected to return to Montgomery, the capital, this summer for a special session amid a budget stalemate that has pitted competing plans from the Republican governor, Robert Bentley, and the Republican-dominated Legislature to resolve what the governor says is a long-term $702 million shortfall.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/08/us/states-confront-wide-budget-gaps-even-after-years-of-recovery.html?


    Gee, it's too bad that Alabama Republicans have plunged their state into a budget crisis. But above all, I hope this doesn't mean they will shift their focus away from their main goal: relentless gay bashing and homophobic hate campaigns.
    Hey voters in Alabama, keep electing these brilliant minds to lead you!
    They're doing a hell of a job! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 10, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
    Duh, Alabama has a balanced budget law.

    At least Alabama hasn't been Grubered into the Obamacare fraud whose Medicaid expansion they can't afford.

    Alabama ranks #3 in charitable giving above all Liberal states.




  • SargeKO

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    Jun 10, 2015 1:43 AM GMT
    New York State's debt is over $367 Billion. Yes, with a "B."
  • oldfart

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    Jun 10, 2015 2:27 PM GMT
    Just proves they can't do basic math in Alabama.

    Almost as bad here in AZ.
  • bobbobbob

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    Jun 10, 2015 11:04 PM GMT
    Here's something funny for you guys. I am never left unamazed with Alabama Elections and politics. They make most other states look boring.

    Woodsmen posted this on the 7th..... three days after Alabama's House and Senate passed a budget cutting $200 million in spending that the governor is threatening to veto.

    Governor Bentley, a dermatologist, was elected in 2010 on a promise to rein in state spending and not take a paycheck until he accomplished it. He's not gotten one yet.

    To help him voters flipped the State house from 60% democrats to 60% Republicans AND flipped the Senate from 22 Dems/13 Republicans to 13 Dems /23 Republicans. They were out for blood after the previous House and Senate voted themselves 65% pay raises.

    Then in 2012 Bentley pushed for and got an amendment allowing the state to go into the capital of Alabama Trust Fund's $2.55 Billion of which 90% of the yearly interest goes into the state's General Fund/ 10% into Forever Wild preservation efforts. It passed by 65%.

    The amendment allowed them to go into the Trust Fund three consecutive years for $145.8 Million each year....

    _$145.8 million in 2013
    +$145.8 million in 2014
    +$145.8 million in 2015 equals $437.4 Million that they assured voters would be enough to balance the budget.

    Now after all that and the assurances Bentley wants to increase taxes $514 Million.

    Alabama State Senators and Representative fear there will be hell to pay if they pass Bentley's tax increase and they are right. They came into office because the majority Democrats caught hell at the polls in 2010.

    If Bentley proposes a second amendment to get into the trust fund again it will most likely be voted down by the same margin the first one passed with.

    The voters spoke when they put him in office with super majorities to rein in state spending.

    They spoke loud and enthusiastically about going into the capital of the Alabama Trust Fund to help him do it.

    The voters did their part and did it admirably to rein in state pending.

    Place your bets they'll do it again in 2016 unless everyone they elected gets busy doing what they were elected to do.

    That budget can be cut. Alabama has always rated in the top 5 states for pork barrel projects.




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    Jun 10, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    Another Republican State will go bankrupt because of fiscal irresponsibility. Good. icon_biggrin.gif