One Week Before Referendum Vote, Some Undecided

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By Lisa Blackwell

Next Tuesday, people will head to the polls to decide whether the state can take 437 million dollars from the oil and gas trust fund over a three year period to shore up the ailing general fund budget.

While lawmakers are usually divided on party lines, this time they're not some say voters should pass it and others say no.

Some voters say they still don't have a clear understanding of the issue and may not decide until they walk into the polls.

Andy Potter of Montgomery, says "No I haven't decided yet I'm looking at all the facts and we'll take it when it comes but I will vote next Tuesday morning one way or another."

Some voters outside a Montgomery post office say they're still looking into the amendment and trying to make a decision.

Lacey Silvey of Montgomery, says "You should definitely be educated on it, your decision I myself am going to research a little bit more before I vote."

Some say they understand the implications of a yes or no decision but still don't know which way to vote.

"Yes, I know what it's about but I just feel a little uncomfortable with it yet," said registered voter Joe McNees.

Representative Joe Hubbard is against the amendment. He says passing the referendum gives a three year window of funding for Medicaid without solving that agencies funding problems.

"Doctor Williamson has actually testified the fiscal crunch should this fail will not occur for another 11 months which gives us time for a special session if the governor can bring himself to call one as well as give us time in the regular session to pass some much needed reforms to the medicaid agency," said Hubbard.

Meanwhile Governor Robert Bentley is in favor of the amendment and says he hopes the voters will support it. I talked to a couple of voters who say they will be voting yes.

Rachel Pickett of Montgomery, says she's in favor of voting yes, "Because Medicare needs all the help they can get, so does Medicaid and so does our prisons."

Another voter says, "To me it makes sense to go ahead if you've got the money sitting there and it's not being utilized and we actually need the money in the general account then do it to get us back on strong footings."

Some voters say they plan to vote against it.

Voter turnout is key in this election. The amendment needs a 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

 

Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, September 18.




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