Alabamians Doin' It for Themselves
I woke up this morning with the intention of blogging part six and part seven of havealittletalk's series on the Alabama PACT fiasco. I've been puzzling over those pieces for a couple of days, and I think they might have some bearing on our efforts to enforce accountability and transparency.
Then I took a look around and checked my messages. I discovered that the State Treasurer had made a public statement that had to be dealt with. That the Facebook groups were still growing. That a contact of mine has meetings with some state legislators next week. That there were open meetings issues to deal with ahead of Tuesday's board meeting.
I received some communication that made me think I needed to put together a guide to the PACT issue and some electronic contact information and get them out as quickly as I could.
After I was done with all that, which took a while, someone informed me that savealabamapact.com is coming soon!
So I am a happy man. Anxious to see what's going to happen next, but happy to see so many people making an effort to take charge and communicate on this issue.
I will continue to give the people I am in contact with the best advice I can. I will continue to write about what people are doing on this. I will continue to look into the issues that neither the MSM nor public officials seem willing to tackle. I will continue to keep asking questions.
Hoping for a first-hand report from the board meeting on Tuesday.
I am pasting most of my guide to the PACT issue below for a couple of reasons. First, I want people to see how much we've done on this since March 6. Keep in mind, the links I include here are not a complete list. Second, I just want this in the The Mighty Corrente Archives, because the people here who helped us out, and who followed along, are a part of this story, too.
Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program Information
Download Letter and list of Board Members as a Word file.
March 24 PACT Board Meeting
Location: State Capitol Auditorium, Montgomery.
To connect with others working on this issue:
Left in Alabama: Connecting Progressive Voices in Alabama
SAVE Alabama PACT! Facebook Group
Save the Alabama PACT Facebook Group
Alabama Treasury Department Official Website:
Collection of PACT Contract-holder Ken Gamble
*Several of these documents were changed on our about March 13. I have the documents as they were posted on the site prior to the March 13 update.
Basic analysis of the investment strategy
Further analysis and discussion of the “Guarantee.”
Investigative Series on the role of private companies in the management of PACT funds:
Coverage of the March 12 Public Hearing
Direct link to Youtube clips from the hearing, about 15 minutes of video in all.
Critique of the meeting notification and process:
Coverage of Public Statements
State Treasurer Kay Ivey:
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom, Jr.:
Additional coverage at Left in Alabama:
Alabama College Saving Fund Tanks (initial report and discussion)
Additional Websites to Watch: