Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 22, 2016

Increased Concrete Truck Weight Bill on Governor’s Desk The association’s top priority for the session, HB 88 which will allow a four axle ready mix truck to weigh 82,500 regardless of individual axle weight is on the Governor’s desk. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation tomorrow. We would…

April 25, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 15, 2016

Road and Bridge Fund Accountability Bill on Governor’s Desk A proposed increase in gasoline taxes (HB394) hasn’t yet received approval, but the bill that will make sure new revenue coming in for roads and bridges gets spent on the state’s transportation infrastructure is on the Governor’s desk. The House on…

April 18, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 8, 2016

Legislature Overrides Governor’s General Fund Veto; Medicaid Weighs Cuts A $1.85 billion general operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year is now law without the governor’s signature and without $85 million of the money Alabama’s Medicaid Agency says it needs to operate. Act No. 2016-116 became law at 6:18 p.m….

April 11, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 18, 2016

Concrete Truck Weight House Bill Clears Senate Committee The association’s top legislative priority for 2016, House Bill 88 by Representative Barry Moore cleared the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee Thursday am with a vote of 10 – 0. The legislation now moves to the full Senate for final approval. Your…

March 21, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 11, 2016

General Fund Budget in Limbo over Medicaid As the Alabama Legislature approaches the midpoint of its 2016 session, funding for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, which pays for medical and long-term care services for more than 20 percent of Alabama’s population, has become the primary topic of conversation. The House left…

March 14, 2016

Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 12, 2016

Alabama Transportation Safety Fund Held Over in Committee SB 180 by Senator Gerald Dial that would create the Alabama Transportation Safety Fund was carried over in committee last week after special interest from the farming and forestry industry attempted to modify the bill in committee. SB 180 would establish any…

February 16, 2016

Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 5, 2016

General Fund Budget in Trouble Again The Alabama Legislature convened on Tuesday for the first day of the 2016 session. As was the case last year, the legislature will face the daunting task of passing a general fund budget that seems to never get any better. Current forecasts predict a…

February 8, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 24, 2015

Burning Days and No Resolution on the General Fund The Alabama Legislature has now passed the half way point of the session with only 14 possible meeting days left for the year.   Still needing to be addressed is the two ton elephant in the room, the General Fund Budget and…

April 27, 2015

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 3, 2015

Will Legislators Listen to the Governor? On Tuesday morning I joined lobbyists from the business community and public employee organizations to hear a presentation by Finance Director Bill Newton. Newton began the presentation highlighting the dire financial position of the 2016 budgets. He added the Governor’s 2016 budgets had cut…

April 8, 2015

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 24, 2015

Concrete Industry Legislation Introduced Last week saw the introduction of House Bill 298 and Senate Bill 266. The bills would allow greater flexibility for the ready mix industry by adding an extra hour of drive time a day and ten hours of on the clock time in a week for…

April 8, 2015

Goat Hill Report, Week ending March 13, 2015

The Alabama Legislature had a busy second week to the session, meeting three days during the week. The legislature has now met five of the possible 30 days of the session. Several bills of interest to the concrete industry were introduced last week, but two stand out above the rest….

March 18, 2015

Goat Hill Report, Week ending March 6, 2015

Governor Bentley Proposal $541 Million in Taxes Last week, Gov. Bentley followed up on his talk of the need to break the General Fund Budget shortfall cycle by proposing new taxes in his 2016 budget. The Governor’s budget included $541 million in new taxes and also included un-earmarking $187 million…

March 12, 2015