Guest Editorial: "Bust the Trust" - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Guest Editorial: "Bust the Trust"

Posted: Updated:
  • Inside WSFA.comMore>>

  • Guest Editorial: "Vote Yes on the amendment"

    Guest Editorial: "Vote Yes on the amendment"

    Friday, September 14 2012 7:47 PM EDT2012-09-14 23:47:41 GMT
    This Tuesday you will have a very important vote to cast on a constitutional amendment that will have a direct impact on everyone's quality of life in Alabama. Don't be misled by the very few opponentsMore >>
    This Tuesday you will have a very important vote to cast on a constitutional amendment that will have a direct impact on everyone's quality of life in Alabama.More >>
  • EditorialsMore>>

  • Guest Editorial: "Two immigration problems"

    Guest Editorial: "Two immigration problems"

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:44:19 GMT
    Since October over 57,000 children have been brought into the United States illegally, most from Central America by profiteering smugglers misrepresenting a 2008 U.S. immigration law to the parents whoMore >>
    Since October over 57,000 children have been brought into the United States illegally, most from Central America by profiteering smugglers misrepresenting a 2008 U.S. immigration law to the parents whoMore >>
  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: For the Greater Good"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: For the Greater Good"

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:20:09 GMT
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the requests for two ASU board members to resign lead to the following feedback on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling:More >>
    Our editorial earlier this week focusing on the requests for two ASU board members to resign lead to the following feedback on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling:More >>
  • Editorial: "For the Greater Good"

    Editorial: "For the Greater Good"

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:20:04 GMT
    Sometimes for the greater good you have to do things that you didn't necessarily plan or want to do.  This is what I ask of Marvin Wiggins and Elton Dean as they seriously consider the requests of ASU'sMore >>
    Sometimes for the greater good you have to do things that you didn't necessarily plan or want to do.  This is what I ask of Marvin Wiggins and Elton Dean as they seriously consider the requests of ASU'sMore >>

As a candidate, Governor Bentley told us the State is hurting and needs a doctor.  Rather than offer us a cure for our budget problems, he is asking us to accept a Band-Aid on September 18.  But, there remains the time and the will to find a cure. 

The Governor would have us believe that, should his referendum fail, funding for educators, prisons, and our healthcare system is in grave peril.  He has even warned state employees that their jobs are at risk.  This is simply not the case.  Sadly, these same, tired scare tactics, perfected in Washington, have come home to roost in Alabama.  There is a better way. 

Last week, Alabama's Medicaid Commissioner testified Medicaid is fully funded through at least August of 2013.  That gives us over 11 months to fix Medicaid without raiding our State's trust fund.  So, whether make Medicaid solvent in a special session or in the next regular session, there is plenty of time to act.  

The Alabama Trust Fund is not a savings account; it is an investment account put in trust to protect Alabama's oil and gas revenues from reckless politicians.  If we let them bust the trust to shirk their constitutional duties, we only have ourselves to blame.

Rep. Joe Hubbard 

Editor's Note: This is a guest editorial from Alabama State Representative Joe Hubbard (D-Montgomery) who is against the Sept. 18th Constitutional Amendment to take money from the Alabama Trust Fund. An opposing guest editorial is available here.

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow