Zeigler chosen as Chairman of Board of Adjustment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Alabama Board of Adjustment (BOA), which decides claims against the State of Alabama, elected State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) as its Chairman.

Because the state of Alabama enjoys sovereign immunity, the State can not be sued in court. A citizen or business who has been damaged by an agency of the State can, however, file a claim for money with the BOA. Zeigler is one of four voting members on the BOA. He has served there for the two years that he has been State Auditor. In case of a tie vote, Zeigler, as chairman, will vote twice to break the tie. Read More

Corridor X is Finally a Reality

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 20, 2016, in the Fultondale area officials finally held the ribbon cutting to open the I-22 interchange with I-65. The Alabama Department of Transportation has worked on the final phase of the connector since 2010. Construction began on the first phase in Alabama in 1984. Construction began in Mississippi in 1978.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said “This road provides a major traveling route through some rural areas of Alabama that until now have not had a major interstate within miles. One of the great benefits of this project is the economic development opportunities it will provide to some of these rural areas, particularly those in Marion and Walker counties and parts of Jefferson County that have been previously inaccessible to major industries.”
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Bentley to Open I-22 Today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 20, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and other officials will be present for the ribbon cutting to officially open the Interstate 22 interchange at Interstate 65. The opening of traffic for the last, and most expensive, portion of I-22 achieves the goal of completion of a project that has been decades in the making.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the I-65 interchange will officially open to public traffic immediately following the ribbon cutting. Work on Daniel Payne Drive (Exit 264) and Walkers Chapel Road (Exit 267) will continue and remain closed following the ribbon cutting.
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Finance Spending Millions Per Year on New Time and Attendance System

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Not only has the State Department of Finance spent $47 million on this “failure-to-pay” software at the insistence of Director Bill Newton and his assistant Rex McDowell, but over the last two fiscal years, the State has spend nearly $8 million for an employee time log-in system, which just a few years ago was called a time clock.

In Fiscal Year 2015, alone, the State spent a total of $4,074,027.51 on this system.
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Zeigler Comments on State’s Failed Financial Software

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 9, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler commented on the software scandal that was first revealed by the Alabama Political Reporter’s Bill Britt on Tuesday.

zeiglerState Auditor Zeigler said in a statement, “We have known for some time that the Bentley administration had major internal problems, but we really did not know just how bad those are. Now, they have become dysfunctional.  The new State financial software does not work.  It has not worked in months, and they have hid that fact. The State’s bills are not being paid.  Tens of thousands of bills.”
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Investigation Reveals State in Arrears with Thousands of Vendors

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Open Alabama Checkbook has not been updated since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. In an attempt to find out why,  alreporter.com investigated, and uncovered the ugly truth that the State’s new payment software has left hundreds of thousand of dollars in arrears with thousands of vendors waiting months for payments. According to three high-level agency employees, the State has fallen behind in its payment obligations since June of this year.
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State Weighs Budget Options

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, February 13, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) shocked everyone who follows Alabama politics when he announced in a speech in Birmingham that he plans to spend the next four years of his second term raising taxes on the people of Alabama.

Gov. Bentley said that the State is facing a projected $265 shortfall in the general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year beginning on October 1. On top of that Bentley said that Alabama owes the federal government $272 million because the people at Alabama Medicaid made some mistakes in the program. The State also owes the federal government $53 million on the CHIPs (Children Health Insurance Program) and need to spend another $40 or 50 million a year to prevent President Obama’s (D) Department of Justice or a federal judge from taking over the state’s vastly over crowded prison system.
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Bentley Says Tax Hike Inevitable

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 13, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced in a speech in Birmingham that he plans to spend the next four years of his second term raising taxes on the people of Alabama.

Gov. Bentley’s controversial remarks were made to a luncheon of PARCA (the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama) and its many corporate supporters.

Gov. Bentley said, “For the next four years we are going to raise taxes.” The Governor admitted that this will be difficult but said that at the end all of us are just ashes and dust, “I would rather burn in ashes than not try. I would rather be ashes than dust.” “We are going to work hard. The people who work for me are going to work hard. We are going to make a difference.”
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Zeigler To Inspect Damage On North Eufaula Avenue

Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) has announced that he will visit the City of Eufaula on Friday, Jan. 30 to personal inspect alleged damage to the North Eufaula Avenue historic median by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

ALDOT is working on the median in order to create a four-lane US 431, despite objections from the adjoining property owners and the supporters of the Nationally renowned Eufaula historic district.
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Eufaula Council Withdraws Opposition To Paving Historic District Median

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, January 9, State Auditor-elect Jim Zeigler (R) announced in a written statement that the Eufaula city council has voted 3-2 to withdraw their opposition to the State’s four-laning of First Avenue through the North Eufaula historic district and to give the State permission to do the work.

Jim Zeigler is an attorney for the citizens who opposed the controversial road widening project. Zeigler called the council action “very disappointing and a big setback to our fight to stop the damage to the historic avenue.”
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