In a moment of utter honesty, Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon spoke his mind about state employees and officials. In responding to criticism of the unintended consequences of Alabama Anti-Immigration Law, the Times Daily reports:
A provision in the law that takes effect Sept. 1 requires proof of citizenship as a prerequisite to issuance of automobile tags, a requirement that some revenue officials say could end the option of online renewals. . .
House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, said complaints from county revenue officials are a sign of laziness.
“There’s a lot of people that just want to complain,” Hammon said, a problem he claims he also encountered when writing the law.
He wants to make sure state agencies with responsibilities for enforcement of its provisions were willing to take on the task.
“When we were drafting this legislation, we found there were so many offices in the state — so many bureaucrats — that just didn’t want to do any work. They just don’t want to do anything,” Hammon said.
“So, we constantly looked to find agencies we thought were willing to do the job. A lot of people just do not want to have to do the work.”
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He said those saying it cannot be done are simply unmotivated.
“Some counties are already preparing to do this via the Internet and mail,” Hammon said. “They are working through their problems and finding solutions. Other people are just complaining because they have to do a little work. We don’t want people complaining; we want them finding solutions.”
That list of “lazy” and “unmotivated” officials is pretty long and includes Republican Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier, the Alabama County Commissions, Sheriffs, DHR social workers, Republican License Commissioners and Republican Probate Judges.
I guess the GOP leader’s opinion of state employees further explains why the GOP budget will cause the state to lay-off 1100 employees beginning next week and why they cut their pay and sought even to slash reimbursements to them.
Do we have recall elections like they have in Wisconsin?