A man of faith

January 26, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Walt Maddox has faith in Alabama voters.

A lot of faith.

So much faith that the Democratic mayor of Tuscaloosa will officially qualify on Friday to run for the governor of the state, believing that the voters of the state will overlook that “D” beside his name and cast their votes for the best person for the job.

“I love this state, and I have faith in the people of this state to make the right decision and to see that what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” Maddox said during an interview with APR. “The people of this state, regardless of party affiliation, want the same thing — and it’s not big government or small government — it’s effective government. Good schools, good roads, good healthcare.”

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Ivey announces Delta Regional Authority to invest over $1 million to strengthen Alabama’s economy, infrastructure

October 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the Delta Regional Authority had awarded over a million dollars in seven awards.

The Delta Regional Authority, together with their federal and local-based partners, will support public and private partnerships and bring $7.1 million in new investments to Alabama.

“The Delta Regional Authority is an essential partner to Alabama in helping us meet the needs of the most rural parts of our state,” Ivey said. “By investing more than $1 million in our state, DRA is helping rural communities strengthen their infrastructure, improve economic opportunities, and increase access to important cultural enhancements.”

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Stacy George has a plan to turn Alabama around

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 24, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with Republican candidate for Governor, Stacy George. George is a former Morgan County Commissioner, a 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, and works for the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

APR: There is a possibility that the Congress may pass some part of President Donald J Trump’s infrastructure plan, but ALDOT claims not to have any ability to come up with matching dollars for Alabama to participate. What is your plan to increase funding for road repairs or will road improvement efforts simply have to be postponed?
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An Interview with Chris Countryman on his campaign for Governor

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gubernatorial candidate Chris Countryman (D) recently took time to answer a series of written questions from The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about his policy positions on a number of State issues.

APR: The State is considering borrowing $800 million to build new prisons. What is your stance on that?

Countryman: “I believe, at least at this point in time, that we need to avoid borrowing money at all costs. Then we need to focus on eliminating the excessive and wasteful spending in our government and apply those funds to specific projects. Once we have generated enough revenue we should look into renovation of our prisons, along with justice reform, and then go from there.”
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Ivey in DC meeting about Alabama infrastructure needs

June 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 8, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) was in Washington, DC at the invitation of President Trump (R) to take part in a series of meetings related to the President’s infrastructure plan.

Governor Ivey said in a statement, “I am thankful President Trump asked me to join him in helping identify priorities for his upcoming infrastructure spending plan. I used the opportunity to stress the need to rebuild our roads and bridges and to invest in modern infrastructure such as high-speed internet and telecommunications.”
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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Gas tax bill expected on floor of House today

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

House Bill 487 sponsored by Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) raises taxes on fuel in three phases across Alabama over the next seven years. HB487 is on the calendar to be voted on in the Alabama House of Representatives today. The money would be used to pay down a massive $2.4 billion new bond debt.

State Representative Isaac Whorton (R-Valley) asked Facebook followers and constituents, “Please take a look at the gas tax bill below. Short version is that this bill would provide for a 4 cent tax increase in 2017, 2 cent in 2019, and 3 cent automatic increase in 2024 unless there is a joint resolution to remove the 3 cent increase. The bill would authorize the issuance of a total of $2.4 Billion dollars in a bond or a series of bonds to be paid over the next 20 years. Bond rates are about 4.25 percent at this time. The debt service at that rate would be approximately $179 million annually if issued as one bond…if the rates were to increase to 5 percent, the debt service climbs to $191 million. Of course, there are always costs involved in borrowing money and a fair estimate of that cost is around 1 percent of the bond amount. Half of the borrowed amount would be divided between counties and municipalities and half would go to ALDOT. The percentage division between counties and cities is currently being negotiated (started at 20 percent to cities bit I think it may be 30 percent now).”
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New gas tax bill introduced

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Supporters of raising the taxes on Alabama’s gasoline and diesel fuel have introduced another bill that they hope to pass this session while all the focus is on the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley. The Alabama Road and Bridge Rehabilitation and Improvement Authority would be established to finance road and bridge rehabilitation and improvements and issue $2.4 billion in new bond debt. All the new tax money would be pledged to pay down the debt. Supporters are calling this massive building works project ATRIP-II and would be administered similarly to the old ATRIP program. House Bill 487 was introduced by State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).
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Legislature returns today

April 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Alabama Legislature returns after a two week spring break.

The legislature has a number of issue to deal with.

The first of these is the budgets. The Senate was debating the education trust fund (ETF) budget on the last day. Now it moves to the House for their consideration. The House on Tuesday, March 14, passed the State General Fund Budget (SGF); but it still has to be taken up by the Senate. The SGF is Spartan. The state needs to spend more money on Medicaid, prisons, mental health, and State Troopers; but there really is not any money in the budget to fund those agencies at the levels that administrators would like.
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Alabama roads face grim future

March 29, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama drivers spent $4.2 billion in unnecessary costs due to poor road quality according to a new report.

The report was compiled by TRIP, a non-profit research organization, in February 2017. They classify these costs as vehicle operating costs, congestion-related costs and traffic accidents. TRIP attributed these costs to the “deficient roads” in Alabama.

It also said that 19 percent of major urban roads in Alabama are in poor condition and 41 percent are in fair to mediocre condition.
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