Reaction from Democrats

Democrats in the Alabama Legislature expressed disappointment after hearing Governor Riley's State of the State speech. The Democrats say the speech lacked a vision for solving the state's budget problems.

Representative Ken Guin of Carbon Hill presented the Democrats' response to the governor's speecht. Guin says Democrats agree to the governor's plan to bring more accountability to government, but also want to deal with the state's budget problems.

Senator Roger Bedford of Russellville says he feels the governor is suggesting cuts in services because he's upset that Alabama voters last year turned down his one point two billion dollar plan to raise taxes.

But Republican legislators say Riley is taking the right approach. Rep. David Grimes of Montgomery says it's important for people to regain confidence in government.

Alabama Associated Press