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Lloyd Bridges" - Dead at 93 - Feb. School 8th Annual Spring Play Thurs. Dusty Rhodes Proration has come again, an all too familiar experience for Alabama schools Editorial from Representative Mike Millican January 12, This week the governor declared proration and he will institute spending cuts for education that will be ugly and inherently hurtful to children and young people.
Proration is an ugly but familiar word for Alabama. Over the past three decades, approximately one out of every four years the state declares proration and schools are cut mid-year. Each year, the Legislature sets the education budget based on estimates of what revenue will come into the state over the next year. Last year, we recognized that problems were on the horizon and we made some steep education cuts, slashing 3 percent from K and 10 percent from higher education. Even steep cuts like that were not enough.
Proration is declared when revenue collected is less than what was budgeted. Revenue comes from two earmarked sources: the state sales tax and the state income tax. Unlike the federal budget, Alabama does not allow deficit spending. Every penny collected from the state sales and income taxes goes to the Education Trust Fund, making up about 60 percent of all school spending. Alabama is often criticized by national groups about earmarking taxes more than almost any other state.
But polls and common sense show that Alabamians like to know exactly what their taxes are being collected for. Most states fund education through property taxes; they are relatively stable and not subject to sharp drops. Alabama has by far the lowest property taxes in the nation, making us rely on income and sales taxes for the bulk of school funding.
The problem is these taxes are the most vulnerable to economic downturns. When the economy sputters, people spend less and unemployment goes up. When there is a big drop in economic activity, like the recession we are now experiencing, money for education plummets and proration is declared.
We are looking at one of the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression. Car sales have fallen off. Car factories in Alabama have reduced shifts and production. Retail is way off. Incomes are down, and unemployment has increased more than two percentage points of the past year. America is looking to the next administration to get things going again, but even they are saying things will get worse before they get better.
In order to reduce the impact of big swings in education revenue and limit the damage of proration, state voters approved the education rainy day fund in and expanded it this past November. It allows the state to borrow up to 6. The fund must be paid back within six years. But the drop off in revenue may be much greater than what the rainy day fund covers because of the severity and length of this recession. Not only do we have problems in this year, but it looks like those problems will continue into the next.
The bottom line is cutting education is not smart. But student progress is in jeopardy with the looming budget crisis. Slashing the Reading Initiative or the Math and Science program, laying-off teachers and increasing class sizes, or killing the improvements in technology in order to fill the budget hole is something nobody wants.
Education funding is one of the most important, and most difficult, issues facing our state in the coming year. Proration is a clear warning that the education budget crisis has arrived, and tough work lies ahead. It was good to take a break for the session this past week and be able to travel about the senate district.
I enjoyed the conversations I have had at my various stops. What makes it worse is that she did not attempt to get any help from anyone until she had done so. While it is clear that she cannot do the job, it is my hope that the Governor and Legislature can step up to the plate and assist the students of Alabama and their parents who have invested in this program.
The funds will be used to enhance the quality of services Rape Response provides including the training of volunteer advocates and professional support staff, such as law enforcement and medical personnel, on issues of improving and increasing services to people with disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. It is a pleasure for me to assist in acquiring these grants for our senate district not only to improve the quality of life but, also to assist with programs and equipment that will enhance the safety of our community.
I also had the privilege of attending the dedication of the dedication of the Veterans Park at the Franklin County Archives in Russellville. This has been a long time project deed to honor the veterans of Franklin County and I am pleased to have been able to assist with the same. Please continue to contact me at the following: Roger H. Bedford, Jr. Alabama State House 11 S. I hope all of you have been having an enjoyable summer despite the heat and have been able to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones and friends.
This past week, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my son as we attended the Braves v. Yankees game in Atlanta. Even though the Braves were defeated, it was a good game and I was glad to be able to spend time with my son.
I am glad to see that Fikes Automotive of Hamilton, which has been in business since the 's, will be staying in business despite the recent decline in the auto industry and the loss of its partnership with Chrysler, which was severed in December They remain committed to servicing the citizens of Hamilton and the surrounding area. It is hopeful that GM will continue their relationship with the dealership as they have been an important member of the business community in Marion County. I wish them the best. Congratulations goes out to Devin Goodwin and his family on him being selected to play with the St.
Louis Cardinals. The former resident of Guin was recently picked in the MLB draft. I wish him the best and I know we will hear many good things to come from this talented young man. I hope that many of you were able to attend the Marion County EMA town hall meetings held throughout the county last week. I commend the EMA for hosting these events so that citizens could be better informed about their services and discuss issues of concern to them. It was both informative and enjoyable. I am pleased to see all the progress being made at Hudson Alpha and the growth of the biotechnology and biogenetics industries.
I believe the Hudson Alpha facility will provide continued economic growth and development throughout North Alabama. It was a pleasure to be able to attend the Alabama Coal Association reception in Birmingham. As you know, the coal industry has long been an important part of the economy of Northwest Alabama and America. Every family in Alabama, no matter how much they make, pays a lot of money to put food on the table each day. My goal is to help pass it this session, which begins the 1st week of February.
Alabama and Mississippi are the only two states making people pay taxes on groceries. Tax on food has to be the most unfair tax in the country. It is long past time for this tax to go. As chairman of the Health Committee, I see firsthand how many people are having a hard time paying for both food and medicine. Some people have had to go as far to choose between putting food on the table, or buying the medicine they need. Last session we got farther than ever before in our attempt at removing the tax. One thing that is difficult to explain is that any time you remove a tax, it leaves a hole in the budget.
The bill would make up lost revenue by eliminating the deduction for federal income taxes on state income taxes. It is important to replace revenue because every penny of the food tax is earmarked for education. Trading the food tax for the federal income tax deduction makes sense. The majority of families in the state would save money. About 80 percent of Alabama families would get an immediate and permanent tax cut while protecting children and education in the process.
There is room for compromise and bipartisan cooperation. We can negotiate on the reduction of the federal income tax deduction as an example, and will continue to look for other ways to fill the budget gap. Yet there are some basic principles that all legislators should recognize. We need immediate tax relief for families. E-Mail: mike. State House: Room F 11 S. Union Street Montgomery, AL Alabama is going through its first heat wave. With the rise in temperatures comes the rise in electricity use, as we try and keep our homes and businesses cool.
It is no surprise that summer has the highest electricity use. Alabama has a high state rank in electricity generation. Most of our electricity is generated from coal, as befitting a state with a large coal industry. However, large portions of our power are generated from two other sources: hydro and nuclear power. Alabama is a national force in nuclear power generation. Our two nuclear power plants produced more than one-quarter of all the electricity generated in the state, and that output increased recently when the Tennessee Valley Authority TVA restarted a nuclear reactor at its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant that had been idle for more than 20 years.
Alabama is also a major force in hydroelectricity, one of the top producers east of the Mississippi. Our state has more than two dozen hydroelectric dams, located mainly along the Alabama and Coosa rivers. While we generate a tremendous amount of power, we also use a tremendous amount. We use air-conditioning a lot during times like these, and even in the winter, most homes use heat pumps that run on electricity.
Nobody is looking forward to the electric bills coming after this heat wave. There are some simple and effective ways to reduce electricity consumption during these heat waves. First of all, experts say to make sure your air filter is changed or cleaned. Having a clean filter is the easiest and most inexpensive way of improving efficiency of your air-conditioning.
Replacing a dirty air filter is probably the simplest and most often overlooked maintenance job there is. Your thermostat is next. The rule for efficiency is to "set it and forget it," changing temperatures often is one of the easiest ways of wasting energy. Experts say that setting the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher is the most efficient temperature for summer months. Experts also say to use fans. Most of us remember a time when the fan was our air conditioning. Fans used along with air conditioning keep things comfortable without having to lower the thermostat. Every two-degree increase in your thermostat can result in a reduction of up to 10 percent in your air conditioning energy use, and the cost of running a fan is minimal.
The difference between 72 degrees and 80 degrees can drop your power bill by almost a third. These three tips can save you money and help our power producers. Because the Education Budget and the General Fund Budget had been passed earlier in the session, the last week went by rather quickly. Two years ago, when the economy began to falter and tax revenue began to decline, I stood with my fellow members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and made a pledge to the families of Alabama: No budgets were going to be balanced upon the backs of our seniors and our children.
Our expansion of the All Kids program is one of the most important acts we have taken in a of years, and thanks to our vote, 14, more kids will get the health care they deserve. This will be the first time that the program has covered maternity care for non-teen mothers. All Kids addresses a growing problem among working families.
These families make too much money to qualify for aid, but they don't make enough money to afford basic health insurance. So their kids end up with no health insurance at all. We are talking about thousands of working families who play by the rules, pay their taxes and raise their families, but they work for companies that do not provide basic health care coverage. Or they simply cannot afford the high premiums of private health care. That's just wrong. We stood up for children, seniors and veterans on Thursday, and I am very proud of this vote. In addition, the Senate also passed legislation that makes it a crime to use a computer or electronic means to solicit .
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