It’s been a crazy year in Alabama and we could use a break from the madness. On behalf of all of the good little boys and girls in this state who have been good all year, we want to ask you for a few Christmas miracles as we look ahead to 2017.
First and foremost, we would really appreciate a scandal free year. Ok, maybe asking for an entire year without a nationally televised embarrassing event is too much to expect even from you, Santa, but can we get a month or two without a feature story on the Rachel Maddow show?
We would also like to ask you for reasonable payday lending reform legislation. This issue keeps making its way through the halls of the legislature and if we could have a realistic solution that everyone could live with, we would be so thankful.
Speaking of issues that keep coming up over and over again. Can you use your Christmas magic to help us ensure that Alabama’s children get the education they deserve? Every child deserves a good education with a meaningful diploma and grades that they actually earned. Can you please see to it that this gift finds a place on our sleigh this year?
Finally, can you give our state the gift of a meaningful budget process? We understand that everyone wants their piece of the taxpayer funded pie but we would like a way to ensure that there is enough money in the budget to fund the programs that really need it and maybe make wiser selections when it comes to the entire budgeting process.
I know I have asked for a lot this Christmas but please keep in mind these gifts are for all Alabamians and, after the year we have had, we deserve a little something special. Don’t you agree?
We will leave some cookies and milk for you on the steps of the Capitol.
From the people of Alabama!