Paul Sanford creates Gofundme account for states $300 million budget deficit

Photo Credit: Gofundme

Friday afternoon State Senator Paul Sanford created a GoFundMe account to “Fund the Alabama State Government” or more accurately as he said he created it to prove a point.

The state needs $3 million dollars and as the first of what could be several special sessions comes to a close it doesn’t look like the legislature is any closer than they were before it started to find a solution. Gov. Robert Bentley and Speaker Mike Hubbard want to raise taxes but the senate seems firmly against most or all of their ideas.

The comments on the account so far are mixed but I think it’s brilliant. Not a lot of people are paying attention to what’s been happening in Montgomery so this may be a great way to draw attention to a subject that will affect everyone in the states pocketbooks.

GoFundMe sites are often shared through social media and can spread like wildfire. Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of the latest funny meme people were talking about their priorities for the state and giving their elected officials input on cuts vs. tax increases?

The description on the site is below. So far it has raised $225.00. According to a report by WAFF Sanford said he will make sure the money gets to the Department of Revenue with the noted earmarks for what it is to be used for.

The State of Alabama is experiencing tight financial times and needs your help. Legislators are debating possible financial solutions but are finding that Raising Taxes are not wanted by the citizens of Alabama. Rather than have the Government come after your hard earned money you can now send an amount that fits your budget, even request where your money be used.

You can determine what functions of Government are a priority to you.

In a comment left on the site he says:

I do appreciate the comments but please realize this was to prove a point that most people do not want to pay more taxes but are for taxes when the other guy is to be taxed. Also, even the few donations that have been received reflect our ability to budget State functions (earmarked for education a rate of 8 to 2 (education to other govt services). It is easy to get support for education but not so easy for he remaining rolls of Government.


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