Election preview: Rare September ballot measure in front of Alabama voters

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September 17, 2012


By Al Ortiz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: It is a rare sight to see a statewide ballot measure on a September ballot, but deep down south, that's exactly what voters are going to get.

A September 18, 2012 ballot measure in Alabama would transfer more than $437 million from a trust fund to the state general fund. Governor of Alabama Robert Bentley (R) said that if voters reject the measure, he would not seek a tax increase.[1]

Bentley stated that the measure is needed to cover major funding shortfalls in the state's budget that begins on October 1, 2012.

On the other hand, State Senator Paul Sanford is against the measure. Sanford stated, “I’m against the amendment. I and the people I talk to don’t see the willingness to trust that the government is going to do the responsible thing...One of my bills that passed this year consolidated two agencies: Department of Labor and Department of Industrial Relations. I think we need to do more measures like that and curtail some cost. A lot of these suggestions have been put on the desk and are collecting dust.

Election results will be posted when polls close and numbers begin to come in.

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