“I get to go to work every day and think of ways to sue President Obama,” he told a GOP rally in Pike County. Remember, he's part of the same administration that “balanced” the state budget in 2012 by holding a special election and essentially blackmailing voters into looting the Alabama Trust Fund. Note that there's still no real plan to pay back the $437 million “loan.”
But that doesn't stop the state from spending millions to defend unconstitutional bills that the legislature enthusiastically passes:
The Alabama Attorney General's Office spends tens, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars every year to fight for Alabama laws the United States Federal Courts have ruled unconstitutional. From abortion to immigration, Alabama laws keep pushing the envelope and pushing up the price tag for tax payers.
This is money that comes out of the state budget. Money that can't be spent on education, health care, roads, oversight, crime labs, or any other necessary piece of state government Instead, it funds the GOP's jobs program for lawyers:
“The attorney general's office handles challenges to the constitutionality of state laws in-house with salaried staff attorneys, and there is no breakdown for costs as this is handled as part of their regular duties. In the case of abortion litigation, some money will be paid for expert fees. In one of the immigration cases, the state was ordered to pay $350,000 in legal fees, and the matter of legal fees in another case is in litigation.”
Although the GOP supermajority has been unable – or unwilling – to fund even the minimum amount of state services without borrowing, Governor Bentley is running for re-election on a platform of “fiscal responsibility.” At this same rally, he bragged:
“When he took office, Bentley said he inherited an $8 billion budget and, with the hard work of state legislators, saved taxpayers $1.1 billion.
Employment is still the Governor’s focus. He told the audience he would do everything he could to help independent and small businesses.”
Really. What “hard work” did the legislature do besides scheduling a special election and threatening to kick Grandma out of the nursing home if voters didn't approve the “loan?” And all I've ever seen the Governor do for “business” is support huge corporate welfare giveaways to any multi-national with a color-copied business plan.
Big Luther & our Doctor Governor aren't leaders. They're just a couple of con artists with access to the state's bank accounts & credit cards.