Alabama Candidates for Gov. Square Off

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Both candidates for Alabama governor
agree on one thing: The winner will be the candidate who persuades
voters that he has the best plan for reducing Alabama's near-record
unemployment rate.

Republican Robert Bentley's plan includes keeping Alabama a
right-to-work state, ending annual property tax reappraisals,
levying no new taxes, and creating a Cabinet-level position to
encourage the start up and growth of small businesses. He also
calls for more economic incentives for businesses to expand and to
rehire laid-off workers.

The plan by Democrat Ron Sparks calls for a $1.4 billion road
building program, reopening closed electronic bingo casinos, and
expanding and taxing casinos to create more jobs and tax revenue.
Sparks says he won't raise taxes on small businesses and will roll
back annual property tax reappraisals.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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