Alabama Amendment 1 (2003)

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Alabama Amendment 1, also known as the Alabama Excellence Initiative Fund was on the September 9, 2003 special election ballot in Alabama. It was defeated, with 32.5% of voters in favor. The electoral contest attracted a significant amount of funding on both sides, although the unsuccessful "yes" side spent $9.9 million to the $5.5 million spent by the "no" side.

Election results

Alabama Amendment 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No886,86067.5%
Yes 417,721 32.5%

Donations

Donors to the "yes" side included Anheuser-Busch, giving $250,000; the Alabama Education Association giving $50,000. Donors to the opposition included a 1,286 donors with the larger donors representing taxpayer, forestry and farmer groups.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, establishing the Alabama Excellence Initiative Fund which may be used to fund programs including, but not limited to, the furtherance of excellence in public education, college scholarships, health care benefits for senior citizens and job training programs to attract new high paying jobs and otherwise provide for distributing state tax revenues; to adjust income and property taxes; to establish the General Fund Rainy Day Account; to provide for the replenishment of the General Fund Rainy Day Account and the Education Trust Fund Rainy Day Account.

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