About Alabama — Is Earmarking the Best Way to Control Our State’s Budget?


January 12, 2012

Earmarking is a way of controlling government spending by predetermining how revenues can be used. The more earmarking there is, the less freedom lawmakers have in writing the budget each year. Some level of earmarking in a state’s budget is a natural result of connections between revenue sources and spending. For example, motor fuel taxes …
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