Alabama Governor Opposes Grocery Tax Removal Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says he will oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to remove the state sales tax from groceries if the proposal makes it to the general election ballot in November.

Riley said Thursday he opposes the measure because it would raise the state income taxes paid by about 30 percent of Alabamians. It would do that by eliminating the state income tax deduction for federal taxes paid.

The proposed constitutional amendment by Democratic Rep. John Knight of Montgomery won approval by the Alabama House on uesday.

But it hasn't been considered by the Senate. If the Senate passes the proposal, then Alabama voters will have the final say on Nov. 4. It does not go to the governor for his signature or veto.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    A lot of Alabamians go to Florida to buy groceries because there is no TAX ON GROCERIES in Florida. The trip saves money even with the high gas prices!!!
  • by Tax Payer on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    What a excuse for not allowing the citizens a break during the financial crisis that our nation is facing. Perhaps a Higher Tax on large corporations that have moved their operations over seas for cheap labor. Bob is looking out for us,,,Right??
  • by jeff Location: headland on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Leave it up to the rich governer to refuse to allow the low income residents the right to a decision to either eat or purchase medicines. There is no reason why we should have to pay taxes on neccessities like food. The only reason Alabama seems to have livible wages is because the politicians are over paid. When reality is invoked the average income is less than $15,000 a year for a single.
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