Last week, voters in Alabama handily approved a change allowing the state to borrow from its savings for three years to shore up the state’s general fund.
Lawmakers are already vowing to repay the funds with “cost cutting” measures at the end of the three years. With already very lean spending on general fund efforts like Medicaid and prisons, that task will be anything but easy. Perhaps advocates in Alabama can use the next three years to convince Alabamans to revisit the narrowly defeated constitutional amendment in 2003 that would have reformed the state’s antiquated revenue system. Here’s hoping.