Alabamians offer suggestions to Gov. Bentley

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dr. Robert Bentley became the 53rd governor of Alabama and residents were already suggesting what issues he needs primary attention.

Residents said there is a lot of work to be done in Alabama, but they are optimistic a fresh face can bring new energy to state government.  

Many people agreed the struggling economy and education should be top priorities.

"I think the primary focus should be the economy," said Birmingham resident Renita Palm, "and creating more jobs and income for families who are out of work."

"I would like to see him focus on education and make Alabama one of the best states in the country as far as that goes," said Birmingham resident Jeremy Bearden.
Alabamians share suggestions to Gov. Bentley
Others support legalizing gambling as a way to bring revenue to the state.

"We need casinos," said Birmingham resident Norman Harris, "We have nothing to do here and no lottery, so I think he should focus on that."

In recent speeches, including his Inauguration Address, Governor Bentley said he will work on the state budget and bringing jobs to Alabama. He has also discussed how he wants to keep the federal government from forcing policies on the state.

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