Saturday, May 14, 2005

Emergency surgery

A few Alabama legislators may cut off the state's nose to spite its face. If they do, Gov. Bob Riley will force them to reattach it.

That's the word from Riley spokesman Jeff Emerson, who said the governor will order the Legislature back into special session if it doesn't allocate $80 million for an expansion of the state docks in Mobile on Monday, the final meeting day of the regular legislative session. Jefferson County legislators have threatened to kill the bill if Riley doesn't promise them some money to help build a domed stadium in Birmingham.

Mobile is one of four finalists for a $600 million aircraft plant that would bring more than 1,100 jobs to the state, and it must submit its bid later this month. If the docks money isn't in place by then, the plant could go elsewhere. As Riley told The Birmingham News, "We can't jeopardize the future of the state of Alabama's economic growth because of parochial politics."


Blogger Altoid said...

Personally I don't think that the entire state should pay for a domed stadium in B-Ham, but I also would like to know why Gov. Riley was so concerned about over-spending 2 weeks ago, but now demands $80 million.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Former Gov. Don Siegelman promised the Mobile docks $100 million in 2000 after voters approved Amendment One to pay for economic development projects. The docks have gotten $20 million since then. With the aircraft plant deadline approaching, now is the perfect time to spend some economic development money to promote some immediate, tangible economic development.

5:50 PM  

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