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Monday, January 10, 2005

Incarcerate Not Educate Says Alabama Governor

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Bob Riley may propose diverting money from the relatively flush Education Trust Fund to help the ailing General Fund next year, his top budget aide said.

The biggest pot of state money for non-education agencies, the General Fund, will need an extra $255 million in 2005-06 just to meet projected cost increases and revenue losses to maintain current programs, such as keeping prisons open and continuing Medicaid health care for about 700,000 poor Alabamians.

How can anyone in good faith and with a straight face suggest that we divert funding from our already failing school system and use it to keep 29,000 people in a prison system built for 12,000 (most for non-violent drug offenses)?
If you spend more money on incarceration than you do on education......

Just ONCE I would like to beat Mississippi at something.


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