Alabama Senate Republicans to propose income tax cut

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( — Alabama Senate Republicans will propose an income tax cut as part of their agenda for the 2018 session, the caucus announced Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said Alabama's economy is growing and said fiscal discipline under GOP leadership in the Legislature has put state budgets on sounder footing, providing an opportunity for a tax break.

Details of the proposal are still to come. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said it would be targeted for the middle class by allowing more people to claim the maximum standard deduction.

The GOP caucus included three other priorities in the short agenda.

• Providing incentives to companies to develop broadband access in rural Alabama.
• Making child sex trafficking a capital offense.
• Saving money in Medicaid, partly be encouraging the state to seek federal waivers, such as a work requirement for able-bodied recipients.

Thursday was the second day of the legislative session. The Senate met for only about a half-hour before adjourning until Tuesday, which will be the first day lawmakers can vote on bills.

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