In an article entitled: Ivey: Legislative progress must continue“, Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey was reported as saying “the good work must continue.”
Ivey spent several minutes touting the accomplishments of the last legislative session, which ended two weeks ago, and she said people should expect “more of the same.”
“The budgets have to be a high, high priority. We’re still living beyond our means,” she said, noting $300 million of federal stimulus money will not be available for the next budget. . .
When asked where the $300 million reduction will come from without the stimulus funds, Ivey said “budget cuts.”
“We have 11 funds in the government. I can’t tell you where,” she said. “It’ll be across the board.”
Ivey noted slashing teaching positions would be the “last option.”
“Budget cuts” . . .
- Will teachers salaries and benefits be specifically taxed more?
- Will district attorneys offices budgets be further decimated?
- Will other crime labs be closed?
- Will other counties other than Jefferson County be bankrupted?
- Will public defenders fees be reduced to minimum wage?
- Will state employees pay even more out of their pockets?
- Will Courts be reduced to three days per week?
- Will courts lay-off even more?
- Will colleges be forced to raise tuition another 10%?
- Will we allow our food supply to become even less secure for lack of inspectors?
- Can we overburden Homeland Security even more with more data-entry responsibilities without additional funds?
“More of the same”
- Next time, let’s actually get rid of Medicaid.
- Next time, let’s eliminate travel reimbursement and logevity pay for state employees!
- Next time, we can rid troopers subsistence pay and let’s not exempt their salaries from cuts again!
- Next time, we can repeal that legislative pay raise, too!? Well, maybe not; that is so 2010.
Smells like progress to me.