Predicting funds should be more accurate

Published 2:05 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2001

By Staff
To the Editor:
It seems governors and legislators always predict more funds than we have coming in for the next year. It does nothing to give confidence to those who must carry out the work of the state's departments. No sooner does the year get underway when here comes proration of funds. With all the technology now available, one would think more accurate projections could be made by those in charge of the state. However, when the budgets are passed, it gives the impression that entirely too much emphasis is given to the idea of making themselves look good to the folks back home.
We hear much talk about those running for office being so very conservative yet they proceed to give away millions of your funds to consulting firms that are not in the best interest of the taxpayers. They begin to make back-room deals to dish out millions to overpaid department heads, while keeping their boots on the necks of those who really do the work, and abuse the taxpayers. Lavish furniture, expensive equipment and personal computers that are used for everything except the people's business and handed out like candy and much waste for unnecessary items are granted while school children and teachers are faced with cutbacks.
All the bally-hoo a few months ago about what was to happen for education, now becomes a sour taste in the mouths of children, teachers and taxpayers of this state. We all appreciate industry. So now that we are facing education cutbacks, I am making a suggestion. Since they have enjoyed so much favor in the form of tax-abatements from the state, it is now time to return the favor by making up the downfall in the education revenues. If it was so right to grant them the deals in the first place to get them here then what's wrong with them helping the state now? By the way, what ever happened to the $500 million RSA windfall just two years ago? Speak up Alabama, it's your right!
Maston M. Mims, Sr.
Former State Senator

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