Alabama's state & local governments by David L. Martin

By David L. Martin

During this thorough revision of the 1975 version, the writer has additional fabric at the 1983 legislative districts, election legislations alterations, black political participation, implementation of the unified judicial approach, the 1982 urban supervisor act, crusade finance, and the expansion of political motion committees, whereas retaining the structure that made the sooner research so worthy. Retained are the cautious definition of phrases, the reason of recommendations, and the examples that have been one of the strengths of the 1st version.

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Historically the state has encouraged immigration, and the growth philosophy continues to be actively promoted today. The generative cycle of income and investment creates demand for new jobs, more production, and ultimately a greater tax base. Alabama happened to develop first in agriculture and then extractive industries adversely affected by recessions, showing the importance of economic diversification, not simply growth. A jurisdiction's wealth, the political willingness to tax it, and the purposes for which government will spend its resources are what make politics controversial.

Local Legislation No. 2, composed of the legislative delegation from Jefferson County, considers only measures applying to that county, and similarly other local legislation committees have a defined focus. 2. , of schools), give advice, provide financial grants-in-aid for programs, bestow state approval for projects, review activities, order something to be done, remove local officials (as for corruption), appoint local officials, and finally, substitute administration (as happened during the vice cleanup of Phenix City during the 1950s).

Page iii Alabama's State & Local Governments Third Edition David L. 48-1984. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Martin, David L. Alabama's state and local governments / David L. Martin. 3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8173-0738-9 (alk. paper) 1. Local governmentAlabama. 2. AlabamaPolitics and government. I. Title. 4761dc2094-3923 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available Page v To the memory of my mother . . who suspected all politicians Page vii Contents Preface xiii 1.

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