Gov. Robert Bentley last week doubled down on a bad decision.
The initial decision — made by lawmakers with Bentley’s blessing — was to give voters only one way to solve a hopelessly deficient budget for the state’s Medicaid and prison systems. The sole option for voters in September will be to let state government renege on those responsibilities, or to sustain them with a raid on education funds.
They should have added other options, such as increasing taxes on those who can afford it.
But Bentley, saddled with a pre-election no-tax pledge, has no such plan.
“Raising taxes is really not something that I intend to do,” he said last week. “If this thing fails, I’m still not going to do it.”
It’s a reckless stance that deprives the people of responsible choices.