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Anniston Star: Still harping on earmarking: Don’t hurt public education; instead, seek proper reforms

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Alabama’s General Fund budget is in sad shape, but not because so much money is earmarked for education. The General Fund is suffering because there is not enough recession-resistant revenue available for the courts, state troopers, prisons, Medicaid and the other non-education services the state provides.

As noted recently, Gov. Robert Bentley is considering asking the state Legislature to un-earmark money designated for education and shift it to the General Fund.

We repeat: this is a bad idea.

Yes, this state earmarks more money than other states, primarily because residents do not trust legislators to spend the money in a fair fashion.

Bentley’s plan for un-earmarking education money is a prime example of why Alabama has earmarking in the first place.

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