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As part of the federal government’s COVID-19 CARES Act, Alabama received $1.8 Billion dollars in aid to help the state weather the pandemic and provide necessary funding during hard economic times. Today, Kay Ivey issued a statement saying that she will allow Alabama Legislators to determine how every cent of the CARES Act funding will be spent while also calling out the Alabama Republican legislative leaders for some questionable spending requests, including $200,000,000 for a new State House building A complete list of the requests from the Republican legislators can be found at the end of this article. The requested items total $1,550,000,000. Kay Ivey’s Statement “I just got off the phone with House General Fund Chairman Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, and expressed to him my…

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Alabama, Mississippi, and South Dakota are the only states to levy the full sales tax on groceries. In Alabama, it is 4%, and when combined with other local sales taxes, the amount can be up to 11% in some parts of the state. However, earlier this month, State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) indicated that the Alabama legislature would take a hard look at eliminating the grocery tax this year. During a Monday appearance on, “The Jeff Poor Show,” Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark), the chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Budget Committee, explained that such an effort would come with challenges. Lawmakers would have to determine how to make up $400 million in lost revenue that goes to the state’s education budget. “I would think…

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that she has released an extra, conditional state appropriation that when matched with federal dollars will provide a total of $78 million in extra payments to state hospitals for treating Medicaid beneficiaries. “I want to do everything I can to help our hospitals provide the services needed to keep Alabamians healthy,’’ Governor Ivey said. She released a conditional appropriation of $22 million in state dollars for Alabama Medicaid to increase reimbursements to hospitals for treating Medicaid beneficiaries. The $22 million in state money will allow Alabama Medicaid to receive an additional $56 million in matching federal dollars, said Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, “to help hospitals provide vital services.” “The conditional appropriation not only supports Governor Ivey’s goal of…

Alabamians will not be deciding whether or not they want a lottery during the 2020 Presidential primary next year. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark) says he can not get the 63 votes he needs to pass SB 220 and declared the bill dead for the session. The bill found opposition from Republicans who outright oppose any form of legal gambling in the state as well as Democrats who want electronic gaming machines in Greene County and Macon County. Issues were also being raised about how the money would be spent from the lottery. The bill, as it died, would have sent 75 percent of the money to the General Fund and the remaining to the Education Trust Fund. Alabama will remain 1 of…

Update 5/22/2019 1:32 P.M – State Rep. Steve Clouse has stated that the lottery is dead and will not come up this session. The Alabama Lottery bill failed a procedural vote by one vote yesterday. The vote was 53-36 with one abstention.  The bill, SB220, is not dead and according to Rep. Steve Clouse, (R-Ozark) could be considered during today’s House session. Rep. Louise Alexander, (D-Birmingham) drew issue with the way that the money from the lottery is split. The current bill has the money going 75 percent to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Education Trust Fund. Alexander said she would like to see that split evenly and plans to offer an amendment to do so should the bill pass the procedural…

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