Reform or Tax

Republican Governor Bob Riley says members of the Democrat-controlled Alabama Legislature are intent on raising taxes and aren't serious about reforming government.

Riley held news conferences Monday in Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Mobile to complain that the Legislature is ignoring problems like rising health insurance costs for teachers and state employees.

He said the legislators are instead working on proposals to raise more than $300 million in new taxes.

Riley said in Montgomery that the Legislature has mostly ignored his proposals to reform state government.

Representative Ken Guin, a Democratic leader in the Legislature, said the problem is a lack of communication between legislators and the governor.