2014 Legislature Report Card


By Ellis Eskew

The 2014 legislative session is almost in the books. While legislators did balance the general fund budget, they haven't always agreed on other legislation.

"The winners are unquestionably the governor and the conservative wing of the Republican party. They have accomplished what they wanted to do. They got their agenda passed," said political analyst Steve Flowers.

Flowers says the legislature has passed a very conservative social agenda regarding immigration, abortion and guns. Also, sidestepping some of the tougher issues regarding state budgets.

"Basically, this Republican legislature has balanced the state budgets on the backs of teachers and state employees. This is the first time since the Great Depression, almost 100 years ago in the world's worst economy, that teachers actually lost take home pay. They make less money than they did 4 years ago," said Flowers.

Flowers says while it may be an election year, Republicans will most likely remain dominant in Alabama.

"This majority will stay in control, Alabamians have decided they are Republicans, so you'll probably see different faces in the seats this election season, but partisan make up will remain the same, 2 to 1 Republican," said Flowers.

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