Bentley Receives Failing Grade On Fiscal Conservatism From CATO Institute

October 6, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—-The Governor’s performance as a fiscal conservative has been graded, and he is taking home a report card with a big fat F.

The right-wing libertarian CATO Institute gave Alabama Governor Robert Bentley an F on his fiscal policy report card for 2016.

CATO ranks every governor in the United States on fiscal policy every other year, giving A’s and B’s to governor’s they deem fiscally conservative and failing grades to governors whom they don’t.
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Massive Voter Turnout in Baldwin County Rejects Tax Increases

April 1, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Voters in Baldwin County sent a message to the County’s education establishment when they rejected a proposed 8 mill property tax increase.  The crushing defeat was doubly devastating to the schools system because not only did voters reject the tax increases, they also voted not to renew some existing property taxes, which were inexplicably placed on the same ballot.

Over 31,000 voters went to the polls to vote “NO” against any new taxes.  It was a crushing defeat for the tax proponents.  The tax increase proposals went down in flames.  The five mill tax increase was defeated by 69.05 percent to just 30.95 percent.  The three mill tax increase was defeated 68.7 percent to just 31.3 percent.  The 36 percent voter turnout for the tax referendum was substantially higher than in either election last year.
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Zeigler Charges that Public Dollars were Used to Promote Tax Increase

March 31, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 31 voters in Baldwin County go to the polls to decide whether or not they want to pay higher taxes to support the Baldwin County School System.  On Monday State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) charged that the Baldwin County School Board has misappropriated existing tax dollars to promote a “yes” vote on their referendum.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler wrote on Facebook, “Over $210,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent by the Baldwin Ct Board of Education pushing the yes vote in this Tuesday’s tax increase referendum in Baldwin County.
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