The 2012 session of the Alabama Legislature starts on Tuesday. The Republican leadership and the Democratic minority both have agendas they hope to pass.
The biggest real problem facing the lawmakers is the $400 million shortfall projected for the state’s General Fund. Money from there pays for child welfare, prisons, Medicaid, public safety, public health, mental health and other things that we take for granted.
Gov. Robert Bentley and most Republicans have painted themselves into a corner by saying they won’t support tax increases. Many of them took a pledge not to raise taxes ever. That’s a bad move, since you never know what lies ahead. Removing an option for governing before seeing what situation the state is in is careless. But, that’s politics in the reddest of red states.
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