Why yes, it appears possible that Alabama legislators are going to seriously consider unearmarking some of the funds budgeted each year in Alabama. As readers may recall, Alabama earmarks far more of its budget from a percentage standpoint than any other state, effectively handcuffing legislators from prioritizing expenditures from year to year to meet the needs of Alabamians.
One bill that has been prefiled, which is discussed in this news article, would unearmark about $400 million in revenue. It proposes to unearmark some funds for the departments of Mental Health, Public Health, Human Resources, Veterans Affairs and Forestry.
Stay tuned for more on the fast-approaching 2016 General Session of the Alabama Legislature that begins on February 2nd.