GOP proposes groceries tax credit for the poor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republicans in the Alabama House have
offered an alternative to a bill they have rejected three times to
remove the state's 4 percent sales tax from groceries.

Members of the House Republican Caucus unveiled a bill Wednesday
by GOP Rep. DuWayne Bridges of Valley that would provide a grocery
tax credit to families living below the federal poverty level.

The refundable income tax rebate would be $75 per person or $300
for a family of four in households with adjusted gross incomes of
less than $15,000 a year.

The rebate would be $65 per person or $260 for a family of four with incomes between $15,000 and $22,000.

House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard of Auburn said Republicans expect to file the bill Thursday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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