By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
As Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) has begun preparing for a second Special Session in which he is expected to once again attempt to convince Republican legislators to abandon their no new taxes pledges to voters and adopt the Governor’s unpopular tax increase plan.
Perhaps as part of that effort, the Alabama state park system has sent out emails to its supporters with an interesting poll question. The poll asks: “Your park system in Alabama annually experiences 4 to 5 million visitor occurrences, and benefits our state’s local and regional economies through a $375 million economic impact each year. In recent years, park customers have provided about 90 percent of the park system’s annual funding through visitor/user fees at the parks and park facilities, with the remaining 10 percent coming from the legislature in the form of Use Tax and Cigarette Tax earmarks for maintenance and basic program administration that are provided to State Parks by previously established laws.”