Finance Director: “We are really excited about this budget”

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Alabama Finance Director Clinton Carter met with journalists at the Capitol to discuss the state’s budgets.  Carter briefed the press on Gov. Kay Ivey’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budget proposals.

Carter said, “We are really excited about this budget.”  Carter said that state revenues, “Are historically great by all measures.”  “The economy really is booming.”  Carter said that state income tax revenues and sales tax revenues, which are earmarked for the education trust fund (ETF), are at all-time highs.  The revenues funding the general fund, primarily insurance premium taxes,

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Senate passes largely level-funded General Fund Budget after Senators scuffle

May 5, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Senate has passed a largely level-funded General Fund Budget of more than $1.8 billion, responsible for supplying money for all of Alabama’s non-educational agencies and programs.

The Senate passed the budget for the fiscal year of 2018 by a vote of 24-4, fulfilling one if its constitutional duties a few weeks before the end of the 2017 Legislative Session.

The proposed budget level-funds most of the state’s agencies but includes a $3.3 million budget increase for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The House passed a similar budget in March with little fanfare. The debate in the Senate was more raucous when Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, and Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, got into a verbal altercation over Williams’ proposal to move funds from the Tourism Department to Veterans Affairs.

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Bill to save Sheriffs money on inmate Healthcare costs

March 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Alabama House of Representative passed a bill to allow sheriffs in Alabama to pass some of their healthcare costs to Medicaid. Under current law the county Sheriff’s office is responsible for all of the costs of the healthcare of the prisoners in the county jail. Since Obamacare has greatly increased the cost of healthcare, providing prisoner healthcare has become a burden on Sheriff’s Departments across Alabama.
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Amendment 2: Fact vs Fiction, Check The Records

November 4, 2016

By Senator Clay Scofield

Visiting Alabama’s State Parks and boating on Lake Guntersville were staples of my childhood. As I’ve travelled and experienced other public lands around the country, I’ve grown to appreciate these parks more and recognize the incredible gift from God our state parks are to us. This is why, for the last few years, I’ve been doing all I can to protect these amazing resources. The state parks belong to the citizens of Alabama, and I worked this year to write a constitutional amendment that would help ensure our parks are protected for future generations. I hope you’ll join me in supporting our parks and voting yes for Amendment 2 this Tuesday.
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Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

August 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot. Wednesday, August 24, was the last day for the lottery bill to pass out of the House in time for the November 8 Presidential election. Inexplicably the House chose not to meet on Saturday or Monday. It was a fatal mistake by the House leadership. The leadership had assigned State Senator Jim McClendon’s (R-Springville) Senate Bill 3 to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; but there was no scheduled meeting of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
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Bentley Lottery Passes the Senate

August 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 19, 2016, after three days spent debating a much more ambitious lottery proposal, the Senate finally agreed to pass a lottery bill similar to the one first asked for by Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Senate Bill 3 passed 21 to 12.

A bipartisan group of Senators including Beasley, Blackwell, Coleman-Madison, Dial, Dunn, Figures, Holley, Holtzclaw, Livingston, Marsh, McClendon, Melson, Reed, Ross, Sanford, Scofield, Singleton, Smitherman, Ward, Whatley, and Williams voted for the controversial constitutional measure amending Alabama’s Constitution.
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Debt Is The Real Reason For The Special Legislative Session

August 19, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

The Alabama Legislature returned to Montgomery this week for what may end up being only the first of more special legislative sessions.

The governor said the purpose for this legislative session was to vote on a lottery to fund Medicaid and other general fund proposals.

While the lottery is being debated in the state Senate, the Alabama House of Representatives is debating how to spend $850 million from the BP oil spill settlement.
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House Votes to Repeal Prescription Drug Tax

August 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the 2015 Special Session, the Alabama legislature passed a new tax on the dispensing of prescriptions. The purpose of the tax was to raise more money for the beleaguered Alabama Medicaid program. On Wednesday August 17, 2016, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to repeal the tax after the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) denied the request to allow the tax, which was costing Medicaid money. Since the federal government more than doubles the $700 million the state spends on the joint program most of the cost of the higher dispensing fees would have been federal dollars so CMS had veto power in the original 2015 legislation, which they chose to exercise.
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Will Legislature Address Medicaid’s 2017 Appropriation During Special Session

August 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 15, the Alabama Legislature will meet in Special Session to consider Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s proposal that the State pass a constitutional amendment, authorizing the Legislature to institute a lottery, to increase funding for the State General Fund (SGF). Gov. Bentley claims that his lottery will generate $225 million a year in new revenues for the SGF, if the voters ratify the amendment.
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Reed: State Must Raise Medicaid Funding $85M or Lose Federal Matching Dollars

August 1, 2016


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 29, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said that the State must radically increase funding for the troubled Alabama Medicaid program, or it will lose promised Federal matching dollars to implement the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Sen. Reed said, “The Regional Care Organizations (RCO) reform, set up by legislation I sponsored in 2013, is projected to save the State hundreds of millions of dollars over the coming years. The Federal government has even recommended Alabama’s Medicaid RCO reform to other states as an innovative pilot program.”
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