Tax cuts put more money in your pocket
By Congressman Bradley Byrne When I voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year, I did so with a key principle in mind: money is better off in the hands of the American people than the coffers of the federal government. Our pro-growth bill cut taxes for people from every walk of life. Whether it was the small business owner from Brewton, the single mom from…
HB317 critical to keeping Alabama competitive
By Jess Nicholas In an effort to improve transparency in government, the Alabama Ethics Act unintentionally put the state at a disadvantage relative to its peers – something a new bill, HB317, the Alabama Jobs Enhancement Act, seeks to correct. It is imperative that HB317 passes in order to keep the state of Alabama on an equal playing field with its competing states. Because the language in the original Ethics…
Inside the Statehouse
By Steve Flowers The Alabama Legislature usually gets very little done during an election year session except passage of the budgets. However, the Legislature may have to address issues pertaining to prison health care. A Federal judge has ruled that our prison mental health care is “horrendously inadequate.” This year the solution will probably be to simply add $30 [million] to 50 million to the prison budget and kick the…
Politics rears its head after Parkland tragedy
By Larry Lee It’s easy to tell this is an election year in Alabama by the way some politicians are trying to capitalize on another school shooting. Right on cue, Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville, who is running for Lt. Governor, is touting a bill to allow trained, certified teachers to carry weapons on a school campus. Ainsworth claims that educators in his district asked for such legislation. However, 24…