Siegelman-Tax Holiday

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While most people enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner, former Governor Don Siegelman held a news conference at the entrance to an empty Montgomery mall.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said he will call for the Alabama Legislature to declare a sales tax holiday for the day after Thanksgiving in future years.

Siegelman called on Republican Governor Bob Riley to support his plan to declare the day after Thanksgiving a tax holiday.

Under the plan, the state would not collect sales tax on items purchased on the day after Thanksgiving. That day is considered the
busiest shopping day of the year.

Riley is running for re-election.

A spokesman for the Riley campaign, Dax Swatek, called Siegelman's Thanksgiving Day news conference -- quote -- "political pandering."