Montgomery—On Wednesday afternoon, Stop the Alabama Gas Tac PAC said that Alabamians should view last night’s special session announcement from Governor Ivey and the Legislature’s cooperation as, "governmental malpractice."
“Montgomery politicians are coming for your wallet and they’re coming fast,” Ralph Long, Chairman of the Stop the Alabama Gas Tax PAC said Wednesday. “This special session, held at taxpayers' expense, is a sly circumvention of the regular process so that Montgomery politicians can ram the largest gas-tax increase in state history down the throats of hardworking Alabamians.” In a special session, legislators need only a simple majority to pass a bill since there is no obligation to pass a budget isolation resolution which requires a three-fifths vote.
Stop the Alabama Gas Tax spokesperson Hannah Ford says the Alabama Legislature's “Rebuild Alabama Act” is better termed the “Re-Tax Alabama Act.”
Ford said specifics are lacking. “The primary projects mentioned in the Re-Tax Alabama Act are port projects in Mobile and ‘electric vehicle charging infra-structure’ projects—a far cry from simple reparation of roads and bridges! Specific decisions about which additional projects to focus on will be left to a committee of bureaucrats." Ford continued, "This special session to address the Re-Tax Alabama Act is governmental malpractice and must be stopped in its tracks before politicians win and taxpayers lose."
Long commented on the fact that the Alabama Legislature has one constitutional duty: to balance the state budgets. “Legislators need to man up,” Long said. “Instead of doing the hard work to balance the budgets, they are making this massive tax hike a number one priority and putting the burden of their financial mismanagement on the backs of Alabama taxpayers. It’s unreal.”