STATE OF THE STATE: PRISONS NEED FIXING, ONLINE TAXES WILL HELP THE BUDGET

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Most of Tuscaloosa’s legislative delegation descended on Embassy Suites downtown this morning for breakfast over a discussion on the state of our state.

Some good news for Alabama? Online sales taxes will be a boon to the state’s general fund budget after Amazon and several other online retailers began charging tax on Nov. 1.

Legislators also talked about funding Medicaid, education, fixing Alabama’s prison problems — particularly overcrowding — and constitutional reform.

“You’ve got Medicaid issues and you’ve got corrections issues and the budgets,” said State Sen. Gerald Allen. “(The budgets are) a big item.”

Alabama Rep. Chris England agreed.

“I think the two major components of that discussion we’re going to have are figuring out better ways to pay for Medicaid going forward, and also the prison system,” he said.

The next legislative session is scheduled for early 2017.

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