“We’re going to fix it where they can’t get permission to go to the bathroom.”
This is State Representative John Roger’s warning to Jefferson County Commissioners in retaliation for their decision to discontinue in patient services at Cooper Green.
I’ve published 66 blogs this past year to begin a discussion about our dysfunctional government structure, but this trumps them all.
Rogers warns that state legislators have filed so many bills against the county that they’re going to “need five lobbyists to fight all those bills.”
Note these bills are ultimately against Jefferson County—not the commissioners. Our county will have to pay for these imaginary lobbyists—we, the tax payers, are the victims.
I’m not taking sides on the Cooper Green issue, but only in Alabama, because of our outdated State Constitution, does the State Legislature have the authority to dictate the finances of Jefferson County. Is our state run so well that our State Legislators have time to micromanage each county?
Follow the action…
- The state legislature forces Jefferson County to drastically cut funding
- In patient care at Cooper Green is one of the casualties
- The state legislature then punishes Jefferson County tax payers for the problem the legislators themselves created.
Is Representative Rogers out of his mind?
I contend that John Rogers is a brilliant politician. He understands his constituents and he skillfully manipulates our dysfunctional government to try to get them what they want.
Standing up for your constituents is what America is all about.
But how much longer are we willing to accept our convoluted government structure? Isn’t it time we at least start to talk about it?
Click here to read the al.com article
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David Sher is a co-founder of Buzz12 Marketing and a principal of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).