Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Ford: ‘This is the time to reissue lottery talkFord: ‘This is the time to reissue lottery talk’Ford: ‘This is the time to reissue lottery talk’

Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — House Minority Leader Craig Ford said Tuesday he wants to restart a discussion about a state lottery as an answer to Alabama’s recurring budget problems.

In the Democratic response to Republican Gov. Robert Bentley’s State of the State address to a joint legislative session, Ford said if Bentley vows no new taxes, alternatives to dramatic budget cuts will need consideration.

“This is the time to reissue the lottery talk,” Ford said.

“I think we need to look at all the options.”

In his speech, Bentley said he would veto any new tax and would protect several state government and education programs, but would cut spending and even consolidate some agencies in order to meet the constitutional mandate of balanced budgets. He didn’t name the agencies destined for cuts.

Written By

The Alabama Political Reporter is a daily political news site devoted to Alabama politics. We provide accurate, reliable coverage of policy, elections and government.



June 1 had been the deadline to conclude contracts with private prison developers on building three new prisons.


The current coat of arms contains a shield adorned with all five flags that have flown over the state.


Byrne’s term representing the 1st Congressional District will end at the end of the year when the 116th Congress ends.


The API Policy Warrior Awards are now in their second year.