Herding Cats

From Steven Noles via Facebook: I wanted to say that yesterday’s SDEC meeting was the worst I have ever attended. Contentiousness; misguided decisions; constant worry that someone was going to succumb to heatstroke … then I remembered. My least favorite Democratic politician has more on the ball than my most favorite Republican. The willingness to […]

Crazy In Alabama

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Don’t you hate it when reporters bury the lede? From my local daily: But Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, Senate General Fund budget committee chairman, said he expects more problems even before the 2011 budget year begins in October. Bedford said because unemployment is 11 percent and state tax revenue is down, he expects the governor to […]

Stupid in Alabama

Here’s an example of what I’m on about: the city of Florence, Alabama and the surrounding Lauderdale County rely on a 7-mill property tax to fund local education. This tax has to be re-voted on every so often; teachers always overwhelm the ambitions of anti-tax zealots and opponents of public education, yet hundreds of those […]

Alabama Fail

I’ve written before about Alabama’s screwed-up, racist tax system. Now comes news that Alabama is not too big to fail: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It is hardly unusual these days for a government building to forgo a fresh paint job or regular lawn care to cut costs. But last week, the director of the Jefferson County […]

The Stimulus Trap

Now that federal stimulus money is actually starting to flow, what do state governors think about it?  The Associated Press asked them: BILOXI, Miss. – A bipartisan group of governors said Saturday that the federal stimulus package helped states avoid deep budget cuts during the recession. But some at the National Governors Association convention said […]