Unlike his colleagues in the Alabama House of Representatives, the chairman of a Senate budget committee announced Monday he is running for reelection.
Sen. Arthur Orr, chairman of the Senate General Fund budget committee, announced on Monday that he was running for reelection in 2014.
Both House budget committee chairmen recently resigned, with one joining a Montgomery lobbying firm and the other joining an education reform group linked to the Business Council of Alabama.
Orr, R-Decatur, talked about measures approved by the Legislature that have led to $700 million in spending cuts in state government in coming years.
“My top focus will continue to be on improving Alabama’s private sector economy, cutting wasteful spending and ensuring that our tax dollars are spent responsibly,” Orr said.
Along with his work on the budget, Orr also sponsored the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act, which allows cities to recruit large projects using tax increment financing or TIF districts, and the Agricultural Economic Growth Incentive Act, which provides an income tax credit related to the installation of irrigation systems.
Orr also sponsored reforms to the pension plan for state employees, increasing the contributions from employees to improve the health of the system. Orr said the changes resulted in $5 billion in taxpayer savings.
– posted by Sebastian Kitchen