Column | SB15 equals taxation without representation

February 16, 2018

By Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison 

Sen. Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) wants to take away the right of the people to elect their own representatives to serve in the Alabama State House.

He has introduced Senate Bill 15 a constitutional amendment that would allow the Governor of Alabama to appoint someone to fill any vacant seat with less than two years remaining on the term.

This was the case in Jefferson County, when Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Mike Anderton, a Republican, to fill the position of Jefferson County District Attorney, a position which voters elected a Democrat.

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Who benefits when small cities separate to form new school system?

February 2, 2018

By Sen. Linda Coleman Madison

Alabama has 67 counties with 138 separate school systems. Currently, Alabama law states that a city with a population of 5,000 may form its own school system.

Most of Alabama’s schools are countywide and educational resources distributed equally so that all children have access to the same educational opportunities.

The Alabama Educational Trust Fund is the stable source of funding for all Alabama public school systems. Many cities, however, do subsidize their schools through local funding.

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Medicaid, Lift Every Voice

March 1, 2013

By: Senator Linda Coleman
District 20 in Jefferson County

On Tuesday March 5th at 10:00 AM in the Capitol Auditorium, the Alabama Senate Democratic Caucus will host a Public Hearing on Medicaid expansion.  This hearing is to provide a forum to listen to the public, persons who are recipients of Medicaid, professional service providers who serve those on Medicaid and other elected officials. The Governor has said that he will not expand Medicaid, and Alabama will not be part of the Affordable Health Care Act passed by Congress.  In 2010, Alabama had approximately 332,000 uninsured citizens, and now, the authority to expand Medicaid to individuals with family incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL), is the Governor’s decision. In his 2011 State of the State address, the Governor stated that he would work to provide healthcare for all our fellow citizens that is both affordable and accessible.  Governor, that opportunity is knocking at the door.  Expanding Medicaid provides just what you promised the people in 2011.
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