Doing Nothing - Report By Alabama Association of County CommissionersRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 05 2019 12:47 AM
ALABAMA: The Alabama Association of County Commissioners have published a report on the COST OF DOING NOTHING.
This report comes as the 2019 Session of the Alabama Legislature begins this week.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will give her first State of State as the first Republican Lady ever elected as Alabama Governor, and as only the second lady ever elected to Alabama's highest office.
Ivey has announced her plan to ask the Alabama Legislature to pass a ten cent per gallon gas and fuel tax for infrastructure of Alabama roads and bridges.
Hot debate has started even before the opening bell of the 2019 Alabama Legislature.
FROM ALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
“The absence of all magnitude or quantity” Since 1992, for Alabama’s roads and bridges, there’s been an absence of magnitude or quantity. We’ve gotten by. We’ve patched potholes. We’ve pieced together culverts. We’ve used tar and gravel to keep school buses on their appointed routes. We’ve replaced a bridge or two, especially when we could get federal money to cover most of the costs. We’ve used innovative ways to recycle asphalt and put it back on the roads. We’ve pooled our buying power to save money on equipment. We’ve cut our workforce by more than 30 percent. We’ve done the best we could.
But, in reality, we’ve done nothing. We’ve done nothing to move our state forward, nothing to keep up with our neighboring states, nothing to make us competitive, nothing to support our agricultural and forestry industries.
We’ve tried to do something — many, many times.
But the answer has always been the same — wait another year or two; be more efficient; come up with better ideas; trim your workforce. Do nothing.
This publication shows in graphic form the real cost of doing nothing. This publication turns the cost of doing nothing into numbers, charts and diagrams.
And each of these tells a story of a state that’s waited so long that its network of roads and bridges is dangerous — quite frankly, more of a liability than a resource — in many places.
What this publication can’t tell is the story behind the numbers. Association of County Commissions of