Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Bob Makes Good?

Bob Riley may have garnered a little respect from me. I'm still going to take a 'wait and see' attitude, but, if it's true, and there are no ulterior motives, I may have to reconsider my opinion of him. After running on an education reform platform, Bob had sorely disappointed many by reversing direction and asking the public to pay MORE of their hard earned dollars in taxes to fund schools. Now, shocking many, including myself, he has declared an Education Budget SURPLUS... of over 300 million!!! (This is something John Sophocleus pointed out a couple of years ago, but I digress...) WHERE did the money come from? I hope it came from PORK. However, if it is coming from funds that should have gone to schools, it won't affect me. Education should be privatized, anyway. Bob may be on the right track. For the sake of the State, I hope so.


Blogger nia said...

Well, there has been more growth in the Education Trust Fund than expected due to an increase in sales and more revenue generated in taxes. Because of this money, the Governor is saying that when he submits his budget request, there probably will be more than enough money to fund the things that are necessary to run state goverment, and actually INCREASE spending for some of those things, like education. He's actually thinking about giving a good bit of this "surplus" back to the people in the form of either tax rebates, refunds, or cuts. This is great and all, but why not put this extra money to use or keep it in reserve so that we won't have to drastically cut our budget again in the future? What's going on here is election year politicking. Bobby wants people to go to the polls thinking of him as the Governor who just gave us some money, rather than the Governor who tried to make us give more money.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Tonewah said...

Ulterior motives... I knew it was too good to be true. I suspected it was election-politics, but was willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Alas, he's in bed with too many pork-barrel hogs to come this clean this fast.

2:58 PM  
Blogger nia said...

I was personally proud of the Gov' for attempting Amendment 1. He knew it was career suicide at the time. He knew it was in contrast to his campaign promises. However, he did not know what kind of financial mess he was inheriting. I think the plan was FAR from perfect, but at least he was willing to put his own political goals aside for what he thought needed to be done. I'll give him at least that much.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Tonewah said...

Hell, I think naming Hank Sanders to chair the Black Belt commission on education was his first mistake. You do that, you KNOW you aren't gonna have enough money. My guess is that he had to get in bed with Hank to keep the hounds off his heels during the election. Afterward, he had to scratch Sen. Sanders' back.

Ole' Bob never intended to really reform education. He just wanted to get elected. At least a few million of education money goes to 'after school programs' in Selma that are owned by the Sanders clan. Gotta pay the piper.

3:58 PM  

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