“East Alabama has a unique opportunity to revive our industries and small towns. Doing so will take a collective effort, and the results will be job security for the employed and new opportunities for those who need work. We must ensure that government gets out of the way of the private sector.” – Senator Gerald Dial
Under the Republican leadership elected in 2010 in both the House and Senate, Alabama’s business climate has dramatically improved. Senator Gerald Dial says when government gets out of the way, allowing businesses to operate free from oppressive restrictions and mandates, they have more money to not only hire additional employees, but also expand and upgrade facilities. That is why Gerald is a proponent of letting the free market work. That is why he aggressively recruits new business and industry to the state, and more specifically, to East Alabama. With jobs, our sons and daughters will remain in the area and raise their families here like we have.
“Public education is near and dear to me. I’m a product of the system, and my wife spent over twenty years as a school counselor. Because education is the foundation for success in life, we must work to make it the best school system it can be." – Senator Gerald Dial
Providing a solid educational foundation is an investment in the future. Gerald Dial knows that the key to Alabama’s economy is an educated workforce. He believes we must teach reading, writing and arithmetic, but also have a career path for those who pursue a trade after graduation. High standards for administrators, teachers and students, coupled with parental involvement, serve as a formula for success. Gerald favors rewarding exceptional instructors to provide them an incentive to motivate their students to achieve. Gerald also knows that the lion’s share of dollars for education should flow directly into the classroom, not to be spent on bureaucrats.
“Nothing is more vital to our economy than small businesses. Those of us in positions of leadership must do our part to make them grow and prosper. Local business success translates to local jobs.” – Senator Gerald Dial
Gerald Dial is no stranger to helping small businesses. As a leader in the Alabama Senate, Gerald has supported efforts to offer incentives to not only large companies, but also to those men and women who are willing to open a small business. He knows that keeping taxes low will motivate would-be entrepreneurs to invest in the economy. Gerald favors clearing the way for small businesses by removing governmental obstacles and interference.
“One of the keys to economic development and growth is an infrastructure to accommodate and enhance that progress. I will continue to secure funding to upgrade our road, bridge and sewer systems throughout the district.” – Senator Gerald Dial
Senator Gerald Dial recognizes how important good roads and bridges are to making our economy rise to the next level. They are the key to bringing new business as well as keeping current businesses anchored in East Alabama. He continually works with the Governor, ADECA and other agencies, both state and federal, to secure funding for upgrades to the infrastructure in District 13. He believes that the needs of rural Alabama should not take a back seat to road projects in the metro areas. Gerald Dial knows the ins and outs of the road priority process, and he’s brought the area more projects that than nearly all other senate districts.
“When you tax a necessity like groceries, it puts a burden on those who are in need the most. I have worked for a long time to eliminate this tax and give relief to people struggling to make ends meet, and I’ll continue that fight.” – Senator Gerald Dial
Senator Gerald Dial believes you and your family shouldn’t have to pay tax on the groceries you need every week. He’s been working for years to find an equitable solution to remove the state sales tax on these essential items. Gerald is one of the few Republicans focusing on this important issue, offering bill after bill during the legislative session. The sales tax helps fund education, and if we eliminate it, we must be innovative in finding other revenue sources for our schools without new taxes.
“Just because we live in rural Alabama doesn’t mean we should be deprived of good medical care. The biggest budget item we have in Montgomery is Medicaid. Unfortunately, the expenses of this program far outweigh the available revenue, but we continue to responsibly address the issue.” – Senator Gerald Dial
Senator Gerald Dial has witnessed the exit of good doctors and the closure of local medical facilities in recent years. He believes rural Alabama gets shortchanged on health care, and he wants to breathe new life into the delivery of medicine in District 13. Gerald is committed to offering incentives to bring doctors back to East Alabama so that people can get medical attention in their local communities. He is also opposed to Obamacare as the solution to reforming health care because the mandates and excessive regulations will drive doctors out of practice and increase costs for companies and individuals. Gerald favors overhauling Medicaid to end fraud and abuse so the price of the program goes down and those in real need get service.
“I’ve been on the front lines to protect our water interests for years. We must continue flexing our muscle in the dispute with Tennessee and Georgia, because it’s our water. They don’t have a right to take it from us.” – Senator Gerald Dial
As a lifelong resident of East Alabama, Senator Gerald Dial is familiar with the ongoing water issue. He believes Georgia and Tennessee have not always acted in good faith in negotiations over water. Gerald has seen Georgia metro communities attempt to take more than their fair share of water from those in East Alabama. Senator Dial feels that those residents have an equal, if not greater, claim to it. Gerald won’t give in to Georgia and/or Tennessee.