The 2018 legislative session will be short and sweet. It is an election year. Historically, during the last year of a quadrennium, the Legislature convenes early and passes the budgets, then goes home and campaigns for reelection to another four-year term.
I heard it this past week during a Hackleburg Town Council meeting, I’ve heard Guin Mayor Max Maddox say it repeatedly over the last year and I’ve heard Brilliant Mayor Perry Franks say it: There is no money for roads and there is nowhere to turn for help.
Any rural town or city you roll into right now, you won’t be able to speak to a public official who does not bring up the problem of road funding.
Town officials in the Hackleburg Town Council addressed the desperate needs for street funds in Marion County municipalities at a council meeting held on Monday, Feb. 12. The council juggled the idea of wanting to get surrounding municipalities to band together with the Marion County Commission and attempt to get a legislative act passed that would enable the county to raise its fuel tax.
The fuel tax was the answer for infrastructure funding in the past, but our municipalities have been collecting the same amount of tax year after year while road costs have skyrocketed.
The Alabama State Report Cards that were released on Feb. 1 graded every school and school district in the state with a simple letter grade--A - F--but many educators were unsatisfied with the way those grades were calculated.
Specifically, a significant weight of the grades were based on student scores on the ACT Aspire test, which many people considered questionable, since the Alabama Board of Education rejected the test as being incompatible with state standards in June, 2017.