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Madison County Democrats Blog

Alabama Republicans are in Love with Corporate Welfare (Opinion by Clete Wetli)

January 24th, 2014

We can fix poverty in Alabama. The wealthy and out-of-state corporations are going to have to put some skin in the game for this to happen. While Alabama Republicans continue to callously turn their backs on the poor and unemployed in the nation’s sixth poorest state, they are enthusiastically giving away your hard earned tax dollars to wealthy corporations to incentivize them to create jobs in Alabama. During his State of the State address, Gov. Bentley somehow forgot to mention that each Airbus job cost taxpayers about $159,000. It must have just slipped his mind to discuss the ongoing tax breaks and other incentives that were thrown in to sweeten the deal. He made it real clear that he wanted nothing to do with a “welfare state” that fostered dependency, but he sure seems to love injecting cash into huge money corporations that are addicted to a constant flow of taxpayer dollars. In Bentl[...]

Vote NO on Tuesday!

September 9th, 2013

Madison County should vote "NO" to the referendum that will combine the offices of tax collector and tax assessor in the September 10 referendum. This measure won't save the county money and will end up costing more in many ways.  Both offices are held by Democrats:  we are under attack! The special election was mandated by the Republican Supermajority Legislature at $318,000 additional cost to the taxpayers Most citizens are not even aware of the election...why? The referendum would combine our current system of having separate offices of Tax Assessor and Tax Collector into a single office of Revenue Commissioner. The overarching reason to combine the offices is to achieve efficiency and savings, or so it seems… This is like comparing apples to oranges:  Tax Assessment and Tax Collection are two different skill sets, usually performed by two people with differing capabilities Would you ask your lawn care person to prepare your income tax forms Would you want the same doctor who replaces your knee [...]

June 25th, 2013

Join us for a free showing of Organizing for Action's 'The Dream is Now' on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Discussion afterwards. Free admission. Popcorn. Bring a chair. A simply amazing movie on the lives of the children of immigration and how their futures are threatened (and ours, as a country). At Democratic Headquarters, 2835 N. Memorial Parkway.[...]