State law makes PAC-to-PAC transfers unlawful, but recent legal action has raised questions about the law’s enforcement. The current law must clarify liability for transmitting and receiving funds as well as establish clear, substantial penalties in order to deter would be offenders.
Alabama should adopt a uniform system of limited home rule that improves government efficiency without increasing the state’s exposure for local fiscal decisions or the burden of government that Alabamians already face.
In 2010, 139 Alabama state employees were registered as lobbyists in Alabama, but no longer do as laws have changed. Individuals who still lobby for the state should still register but with no fee.
More than $11.9 billion in healthcare benefits have been promised to the more than 138,000 members of the state’s Public Education Employee Health Insurance Program (PEEHIP) and 147,000 of their dependents. In Alabama, the cost to the state for these unfunded liabilities is currently $864.5 million a year.
Privatizing Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) stores could lead to decreased costs for consumers and increased revenue for the state.
The proposed Constitutional Amendment would tie the base legislator compensation to the median household income in Alabama. Legislators should be required to provide a transparent, publicly-accessible account of expenses before being reimbursed.